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Amir Khan again the favorite to face Floyd Mayweather on May 3

In what has become a boring build-up that now feels downright phony, Amir Khan has apparently overtaken Marcos Maidana in the "fan vote" to be Floyd Mayweather's May 3 opponent.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

In a development that surely shocks millions, Amir Khan is reportedly set to be Floyd Mayweather's next opponent on May 3 in Las Vegas, despite a recent surge in interest for Marcos Maidana. A couple days ago, it was reported that Maidana was handily beating Khan in a poll that Mayweather was running, meaning that The Fans wanted Maidana instead of Khan against Mayweather on May 3.

Now, remarkably, Khan has become vastly more popular than he was just days back, and is in the lead in the poll. Online polls have never been fudged in the history of time and there's no way this isn't legit. And it's definitely not a great way to deflect criticism of Khan as an opponent for Floyd. Hey, look -- The Fans want it.

Mayweather's next opponent was figured to be Khan for months now, and like last year when Floyd inserted Devon Alexander's name into the mix to make Robert Guerrero seem a more attractive foe, it appears he's found a way to make Amir Khan the choice.

Personally, I'm fine with this, since as a The Fan I prefer the Khan fight to the Maidana fight simply because (1) Khan actually has hand speed, which Mayweather hasn't seen in a while, and Maidana is just another plodder that Mayweather would toy with, and (2) Khan's more likely to get knocked out, and thus we won't have another 12-round Mayweather snoozer. I mean, no disrespect to the man's talent, and I love watching him do his thing, but when you get what's expected every time, it does get predictable and dull.

What do you want, The Fan? Are you OK with Khan? Would you prefer Maidana, which you're not getting?

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