50% of the time, 3 out of 4 people aren’t really 100% sure about anything (I’m just kinda f*ckin around- don’t take this seriously. But at least think about it). Two things that seem to be 100% true about Floyd Mayweather is:
1.) He will not go into any fight he does not think he can win. Or…
2.) He will figure out a way to not fight and not lose (see May 2nd, a $100 PPV atrocity along the lines of Hitler).
Last year on Valentine’s Day – and perhaps clouded by the smell of flowers, candy and pheromones – I wrote Floyd vs. Amir: The Wrath Of Khan – The Fall Of Mayweather . Mayweather had not yet committed to Marcos Maidana and was leaning heavily toward Amir Khan. A little bolder than most who write about boxing (sometimes recklessly, like a daring and out of control Nascar driver) I remembered a video Krystal Marie with “The Fumble” made (above) and I actually believed Khan would’ve given Mayweather more problems than Maidana did in May 2014.
“Eye” still do to some extent.
But out of all the things Floyd is recognized for in ability, its his intuitive, all-seeing mind that is a vastly overlooked aspect of who he is. Nothing is more important to him than knowing who and what he’s dealing with and how to deal with him. His eyes constantly take pictures and frame them. Though fully prepared, it is the reason why he was hesitant about both Khan and Maidana. Everything about the speedy Khan under the guise of Virgil Hunter, at that time, left him a little unsure; so picking the powerful (though one-dimensional) Robert Garcia trained Maidana made more sense to him.
That was then- this is now.
By the looks of things the other night on SPIKE TV (Al Haymon is accomplishing a great deal with PBC), I’m not quite 100% sure if we shouldn’t expect to see Floyd getting boo’ed badly at Thursday’s NBA Finals while seated next to Khan with a sloppy grin on his face. If Khan can give up pork for a few weeks (or whatever) and evaluate things accordingly, there’s an outside chance he’d get the nod for Floyd’s September swan song courtesy of Chris Algieri.
Algieri (who was let out of his cage by Tim Lane, only to be struck and put on a leash by Manny Pacquiao) fired the wildly colorful Tim Lane and brought in John David Jackson to mean business. No one could really be sure what to expect from Algieri under Jackson, and the expectation of a dreadfully boring points loss to Khan wasn’t out of the question.
But even with the venerable Hunter in Khan’s corner, Jackson and Algieri were still able to put Khan in water as if he were the inner tube from your bike when you were little. What’s worse– is the water was boiling, as Algieri revealed holes everywhere. Proving he’s anything but done at the world class level, Algieri came directly at a confused Khan high and tall, as a fighter (who just six months prior was spread like mustard) not known for throwing anything with mustard on it.
Just like that, all of Khan’s cards were exposed on the table in the World Series of Boxing Poker.
Danny Garcia was/is an elite and very aggressive come forward fighter with a KO mentality. So was Bredis Prescott. So too would have been Timothy Bradley and it is exactly how Mayweather would need to be if he faces Khan in September. Jackson (through Algieri of all fighters), exposed Khan’s aversion to fighters who challenge with no regard for him, and it is not likely that he’d be able to Khan Mayweather.
Unlike Manny Pacquiao, Khan would be content to box Mayweather and get into a game of athleticism. His tall and broad frame, to go along with his speed and other physical gifts, would make this ideal. His youth would factor in greatly as well, although Mayweather is the best almost 40 year-old athlete of all-time (um, we agree on that version of “TBE” Floyd).
But the way Algieri was able to find Khan throughout with power shots (particularly early on) was very revealing. The ease with which he was able to settle in on this mentality (he’d never fought so aggressively before) prior to some subtle adjustments from Hunter was alarming. If I were Khan and looking for ultimate bragging rights, I’d pass on an almost obsessive desire to fight Mayweather and opt for Kell Brook instead.
He’s stated publicly that Kell isn’t on his level, and, not only is this bullsh*t, but thanks to John David Jackson’s gameplan we know that he’s not really on Floyd’s level at all. In fact, Khan would probably struggle badly with the likes of Shawn Porter and get mugged by Keith Thurman. It’s rare in today’s fight culture to have a massive loss on his resume as Khan does, and yet still able to command a “superfight” (at least in the UK) with Brook. From this point of view he should take it.
“Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.”
The thing about a foolish heart is that it will often have hindsight for eyes. More than likely, somewhere between all the data he remembers from Freddie Roach and that which he’s still trying not to forget from Hunter, Khan would only see a certain truth after facing Mayweather. Floyd is better at Khan than he is, and knows that knowing the same tricks that a con man knows is the best way to protect yourself from him.
How many tricks can Khan teach Floyd? I imagine the first answer that came into your mind was “0”. He would explain the question of Khan in the ring rather simply because he understands him, and would do it with more gusto after reading the thesis of Algieri.
Real eyes realize real lies.
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