QUOTE (The CEO @ May 11 2011, 08:04 AM)
LOL...that's plain ludicrous.....let's take a look at Khan's last 4 fights for example....the ones that are in the books....as you are only as good as your last opponents/performances...
Salita, Malignaggi, Maidana, and most recently...MCCLOSKEY.
Were those the best fights possible?....these came after he beat a "good" opponent in Kotelnik...and before that, an old Barrera that involved a headbutt and a screwing....
and where's the Prescott rematch?...that would be as good as his Maidana matchup....which is his other DEFINING fight, where he got beaten around the ring and SURVIVED...
Khan is KRAP, buddy...you're gonna learn.
1) Salita was the mandatory challenger to Khan's belt, even if he didn't face him right away they were going to have to face off sooner or later.
And TBH, Salita DID have an undefeated record and a decent amount of hype surrounding him (Ellie Seckbach was all over his dick), I don't think anyone expected the 1 minute destruction Khan put forth.
2) While you can question the choice to fight Malignaggi, you gotta remember that was Khan's American debut on American network TV. Even though Malignaggi is feather fisted and not quite an elite caliber fighter, he was still a step up in competition and an opportunity for Khan to look good and make a splash in front of an American audience vs. a recognizable name
. While you can criticize them choosing Malignaggi and label the choice as his team being weary of his "questionable chin" (i put that in quotations because I don't think it's as bad as most believe), I feel it was the right move and his team shut everyone up about Khan being a ducker by following that fight up with the Maidana fight.
3) You can't question the Maidana fight. Following the Malignaggi fight, Khan was asking for Alexander, Bradley and Maidana who were at the top of the division and Khan ended up facing Maidana, the mandatory as well as the most dangerous threat to him due to Maidana's sheer punching power.
Khan fought a cautious fight against a BIG puncher, and fought smart, throwing quick combos then stepping out, using as much of the ring as possible. While Khan was on his bike, he did trade with Maidana and round 10 further showed his courage as despite clearly being out on his feet for most of the round, stayed on his feet and avoided going down.
4) After the Maidana fight, it was clear Khan had his eyes set on Alexander-Bradley winner, however they had a fight already set for the end of January. Thus, Khan fought Mckloskey which was merely meant to serve as a tune up bout for a potential showdown with the winner of Alexander-Bradley
in the summer. Khan's beeen calling out Bradley publicly and even admitted he is waiting on Bradley to sign the contract.
At this point, Khan has surpassed Prescott and everyone knows it. THere really isn't all that much money in the fight, and Prescott followed up the Khan victory with a default victory and 2 consecutive losses, thus taking the luster out of a rematch. Why fight Prescott who's been fighting nobodies on Espn2 shows when he can fight Timothy Bradley or Zab Judah and unify the titles for triple what he'd make if he fought Prescott?