Amir Khan could still face Floyd Mayweather in the future, despite last weekend's loss to Danny Garcia. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
Oscar De La Hoya isn't giving up on a Floyd Mayweather vs Amir Khan fight in the future, and despite Khan's loss to Danny Garcia last weekend, I don't think anyone should totally write that fight off, either, as crazy as it might sound right this second.
"I believe the Mayweather fight isn't dead as Amir Khan is a tremendous boxer and tremendous puncher," De la Hoya said.
"We get him another win or two wins and he's back in the picture because of his talent and his qualities."
Khan (26-3, 18 KO) is being oversold as a puncher here, and probably even as a boxer, but that's just what Oscar has to say.
In reality, Mayweather-Khan will never truly be a dead issue so long as both are active, and let's talk about why. It's nothing to do with Khan's tremendous boxing/punching.
Last September, Floyd Mayweather fought Victor Ortiz. Ortiz was coming off of a win over Andre Berto in a great fight that had people talking. But the fight before the Berto win, Ortiz failed again to succeed against a good opponent, with Lamont Peterson overcoming an early hole and scraping out a draw against Vicious Victor.
Two years before he fought Mayweather, Ortiz lost to Marcos Maidana.
All I'm saying is that if Khan gets a couple good wins, which he's perfectly capable of doing, sure, he could still fight Floyd. Victor Ortiz has losses to Maidana and now Josesito Lopez. Khan has a reasonable, legitimate chance to be a guy who's hot at the right time -- and that's really all you need to fight Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. That or just being the only available option, which could also be a factor. It's really not as silly as it might sound immediately.
The only reason it can't happen would be if Amir Khan never does have that particular moment where he's a viable choice, because he keeps losing fights while talking about fighting Mayweather.