Is Marcos Maidana more deserving of a Floyd Mayweather shot than Amir Khan?
Article and photo courtesy of Chris Robinson (www.HustleBoss.com)
A swing through the Summit Gym in Big Bear, Calif. will lead you to cross paths with trainer Abel Sanchez.
Hosting a bevy of fighters inside of his facility, most notably WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, Sanchez makes for a great interview because of his straightforwardness and insight in the sport.
Knowing that I would get an honest response, I asked Sanchez for his thoughts on the buzz about Amir Khan possibly landing a shot at the game’s best, Floyd Mayweather, this coming May.
“First of all I don’t think Amir Khan deserves it,” Sanchez said candidly of the British star. “I think a guy like [Marcos] Maidana, a guy like [Danny] Garcia, deserves it more. I think Amir Khan hasn’t done enough to merit that.”
Sanchez can easily see why Khan may be next in line, given his star appeal.
“Absolutely, it’s a money thing,” Sanchez explained. “It’s a business thing, it’s a network thing. Obviously Amir Khan has a big name and talks himself into some good fights. He may not be as deserving but he may be the biggest money fight for Floyd.”
Sanchez favors Mayweather heavily if the fight were to come off and reveals what he sees in today’s version of Floyd, who at age 36 is looking just as dominant as ever with commanding victories over Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez this year.
“Greatness,” said Sanchez. “You’re kidding me. In our era, that’s the best pound-for-pound fighter right now. Until somebody controls him and destroys his type of defense, like Maidana did to Broner, that’s when we are going to have to question it. But right now he’s the best.”
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