Amir Khan faces Chris Algieri at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night, with questions over what the bout will achieve for the Brit moving forward.
The strategy isn’t a secret. Khan is hoping to put on a stylish performance and comprehensively beat Algieri in the hope that it catches Floyd Mayweather’s attention and secures a fight with him in September.
The Brit possibly believes that if it worked for Manny Pacquiao then it could work for him, but that is where the problem lies as no matter what he does on Friday night, it may not result in him getting anywhere closer to his desired bout.
If Khan dominates Algieri, like many expect him to do, then it will send another clear message to Mayweather that he is a very dangerous opponent that has the speed, power and youth to become the first man to defeat him.
There is already seemingly some hesitancy in facing the 28-year-old from he unbeaten superstar’s camp, as despite the best efforts of Khan in the past in goading him into a meeting it still hasn’t helped him secure a fight with the ‘king of pay-per-view’.
If Khan loses to Algieri, which is highly unlikely to happen, then that leaves his career in tatters. His move of facing a fighter that stylistically shouldn’t cause him any troubles would have backfired and that would raise questions over what his next move should be.
That is the reason why many believe that he has avoided domestic rival Kell Brook to this point, as if he were to lose that showdown then he wouldn’t even be first in line in Britain to face Mayweather let alone the rest of the world.
It is a smart move to take on a rival that doesn’t have the power to test his chin if he lands, much like Devon Alexander last year, and Khan should look incredibly impressive in dispatching of Algieri.
However, ultimately he will either scare Mayweather off even more so or ruin his chances altogether depending on the outcome of this clash, and it does raise questions over whether or not this was the right strategy for him to adopt.
Mayweather is expected to retire after September 12 given that it will be the last fight on his contract with CBS and Showtime, and unfortunately it will in all probability be someone other than Khan who is in the opposite corner on that historic night.