Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer thinks there’s a pretty good chance that the winner of the May 3rd fight between Amir Khan and Luis Collazo could wind up as the next opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September if Mayweather gets past Marcos Maidana on the same May 3rd card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. There’s still no guarantee that Khan will get the Mayweather fight if he beats Collazo, but there’s definitely a chance as long as he looks good and doesn’t lose.
As for Collazo, he doesn’t have a shot at the Mayweather fight even if he destroys Khan. This isn’t about Collazo. This is about Khan being the one that can potentially get the Mayweather fight because he’s the 2nd most popular welterweight in Golden Boy’s stable.
“Look what happened in the past,” Schaefer said to ESPN in talking about how Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fighting on Floyd’s undercards, and he got the fight with him. Being on a Floyd card, where you have huge amounts of people watching, increases your popularity in the U.S.”
Khan will need to look fantastic for him to get the Mayweather fight, because the last thing that Mayweather needs is to be facing Khan with him coming off of a controversial decision like the one he got in his last fight against Julio Diaz last year. Khan was knocked down once by Diaz and staggered several times in winning a 12 round decision in his native England.
Collazo is not the best guy that you could have Khan fighting to get a crack at Mayweather.
Fight fans point to Collazo’s recent win over Victor Ortiz as a sign that Collazo is a good opponent for Khan, but you have to remember that this was a very different Ortiz from the one that Mayweather beat in 2011. The Ortiz that Collazo defeated was one who had lost two straight fights and was coming off of a one and half year layoff. To say that Ortiz was a rusty fighter was an understatement.