The delusional founder of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya, comically said yesterday that Amir “King” Khan remains two triumphs away from throwing fists with boxing legend “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather at 147 pounds.
Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), an extraordinarily overrated prizefighter, relinquished his WBA world light welterweight belt by suffering a brutal fourth round TKO loss to WBC light welterweight titlist “Swift” Danny Garcia Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After being cut early by a solid right cross, Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) floored Khan three times in the third and fourth rounds before the referee mercifully halted the battering at 2:28 of the round.
“I believe the Mayweather fight isn’t dead as Amir Khan is a tremendous boxer and tremendous puncher,” said de la Hoya, 39, one of the elite pound-for-pound pugilists from 1994 to 2002. “We get him another win or two wins and he’s back in the picture because of his talent and his qualities.”
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), who defeated 17 world champs and captured 10 crowns in six different weight classes, continued to reiterate his belief in the fragile bloke.
“Amir Khan, he will be back. No question about that, Amir will be back,” said De La Hoya, The Ring magazine’s “Fighter of the Year” in 1995 who was the only U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
The 35-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC welterweight king, who overcame powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to acquire the WBA world light-welterweight belt on Cinco de Mayo, began serving 87 days behind bars on June 1 at the Clark County Detention Center for beating his former sweetheart while two of their children watched in September 2010.
“Pretty Boy,” a 1996 bronze medalist who already owned a decent rap sheet from convictions on battery and assault in 2002 and 2005, is apparently keen to the idea of scrapping in the United Kingdom upon regaining his freedom.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“Floyd is the best there is today,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “He can’t be touched.”
“King Khan,” a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured a silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece, is a slightly above average fighter with zero chance of maturing into a great one.
For the sake of pride and health, Amir Khan had better hope “the Mayweather fight IS dead.”