Tarver Unsure How Mayweather-Khan Sells After Algieri

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former champion Antonio Tarver was working behind the broadcast booth and called the action two weeks ago on Spike TV, as Amir Khan battled Chris Algieri in the Premier Boxing Champions main event from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The fight with Algieri, who was coming off one-sided drubbing at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, was viewed as an audition for the British star to solidify his worth for a fight with WBC/WBO/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the fall.

Algieri was a big underdog, but he pulled off a very respectable performance by often getting off with his big right hand and making Khan struggle in several rounds.

After the way Khan looked, Tarver is not sure how well a Mayweather fight would perform on pay-per-view.

"I don’t know how an Amir Khan vs. Floyd Mayweather fight will sell right now, I don’t know if it will be anticlimactic coming off of the Manny Pacquiao circus of media. When you look at it from a media standpoint, it doesn’t get bigger than that. Anything that Mayweather does will probably fall short of that, but you really never know what Mayweather is feeling or what he’s thinking. He probably wants to do the biggest thing out there," Tarver told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

"I thought Amir needed an exceptional performance because he put himself under that light by saying, 'I want you to draw comparisons between me and Manny Pacquiao going in here fighting Chris Algieri.' He put himself under that scope. Did he beat Algieri more convincingly than Manny Pacquiao? Of course not, nowhere close."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Wicky on 06-10-2015

[QUOTE=Money_May;15776004]Khan is a much bigger name in the UK then Kell Brook. You're the one talking nonsense here. At Kell's fight against Gavin, the crowd were there to see Anthony Joshua not Brook. The atmosphere was dead for his fight.…

Comment by QballLobo on 06-10-2015

Who really cares after all the money they made off the Pac fight. It really doesn't matter who Floyd fights it will be marketed as his last time in the ring, true or not.

Comment by Money_May on 06-10-2015

[QUOTE=Wicky;15775407]Yes, you're correct that Sheffield is Brook's home turf, but it's also where Khan chose to fight Diaz. The point still stands that given it was his first fight in 2 years in the UK people weren't exactly killing each…

Comment by Wicky on 06-10-2015

[QUOTE=aAgger;15775650]The Khan-Diaz fight was a [URL=""]sell-out[/URL]. And that was for all [URL=""]12,000[/URL] seats there, more than the [URL=""]10,000[/URL] seats for Brook's last fight at the same arena (against Jo Jo Dan). Khan outsold Brook in own Sheffield hometown.[/QUOTE] Where does…

Comment by aAgger on 06-09-2015

[QUOTE=Wicky;15775407]Yes, you're correct that Sheffield is Brook's home turf, but it's also where Khan chose to fight Diaz. The point still stands that given it was his first fight in 2 years in the UK people weren't exactly killing each…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (62)
Top Headlines Hearn: I'm Quite Worried, Povetkin is Tough Fight For Joshua David Benavidez Makes No Excuses, Apologizes For Failed Test Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Vindicated Himself For Positive Tests Energy Execs Glove Up To Knock Out Child Sexual Abuse Frank Warren: Frampton-Warrington is Not Two Recycled Guys DAZN, The New Kid On The Block, Ready For Boxing Kickoff Canelo's Possible Return: December 15 Reserved at MSG, MGM Nacho: Canelo Did Great, But I Think Golovkin Won WBC Prez: Canelo Deserved The Win in Golovkin Rematch David Benavidez Comes Up Positive For Cocaine in VADA Test Wilder vs. Fury Promotional Tour is Ready, Reveals Frank Warren Pacquiao: Me and Mayweather Have Unfinished Business! Encarnacion, Michael Rivera, Starling Castillo Ink With Sampson Photos: Jacobs, Andrade, Haney Training Hard at SNAC Facility Roman Gonzalez Returns Home, Open To Fighting Again in 2018 British Title News: Welborn vs. Heffron, Iqbal-Camacho, More Cem Kilic vs. DeAndre Ware Will Open ShoBox Card on Sept. 28 Michael Dutchover Learning On The Job From Danny Roman Juanma Joins Team of Jayson Velez, Hits Back at Orlando Cruz Antonio Orozco To Remain at 140, May Return in February Malignaggi: McGregor Should've Retired, Khabib Makes Him Quit! Billy Joe Saunders Handed Misconduct Charge By The BBBoC Yvan Mendy Will Go For The Knockout Against Luke Campbell Anthony Joshua: I Wanted To Show I Can Box Against Parker Golovkin Will Likely Rest, Evaluate Options For 2019 Arum: Spence Doesn't Want Crawford; We're Ready When He Is Canelo vs. Golovkin: CompuBox Stat Analysis of Both Fights Hearn: Povetkin Had Loads of PED Tests For Joshua Fight Darren Reay, Chad Ellis Added To Ritson-Pianeta Newcastle Card Photos: Matty Askin Putting in Work For Lawrence Okolie Clash Povetkin: Joshua is a Bigger Challenge Than 'Prime' Klitschko Petch CP Freshmart Looking to Improve to 48-0 on Friday Saunders: Canelo Win Was NO Robbery, Can't Really Cry Over It Leonard vs. Hearns, and 30 Years of Living The Dream Arum Shreds Canelo-GGG PPV: Time For HBO To Leave Boxing! Boxer Who Trained At Mayweather Gym Shot to Death Near Vegas Kovalev-Alvarez Rematch Could Head to Cowboys' Facility 2/2 De La Hoya Fires Back at Critics of Canelo's Win Over Golovkin Lara Ready To Go To 160: I Want Golovkin or Canelo Next! Photos: Miguel Berchelt, Miguel Roman - Go Face To Face

Latest Active Forum Threads