By Edward Chaykovsky
From a business perspective, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is confident WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26KOs) will not fight Amir Khan (30-3, 19KOs) on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Khan returns later tonight, when he battles former WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri in a Spike TV televised main event, as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series.
If Khan wins in style, he is expected to become a frontrunner to face Mayweather in the fall.
Hearn believes Mayweather will face someone else. Mayweather just earned over $200 million from his May 2nd victory over Manny Pacquiao. Stylistically, Hearn sees Khan as potentially being a tougher fight for Floyd. He doesn't believe Mayweather will face a tougher opponent for a fraction of the money.
"No, [I don't think Mayweather fights Khan]. How can you go from a fight earning over $200 million dollars to a fight earning $60 million dollars and it being potentially tougher. It just doesn't make sense," Hearn told BoxingScene.com/Be Real TV.
Of course, Hearn has another fight in mind. He desperately wants to match IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook against Khan in the headliner of a major stadium event in the UK. Brook defends his title on Saturday against top contender Frankie Gavin.