Although it was officially announced as a visit that will help to revive boxing in South Africa, Floyd Mayweather’s first trip to the African continent is more writing on the wall that the proposed fight between him and English boxer Amir Khan will indeed take place on May 3, 2014. While international outlets (with inside sources) have been confirming the fight since Mayweather destroyed Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September 2013, I have been relegated to putting the pieces of the puzzle together until an official announcement is made.
The first and most obvious piece of the puzzle, after UK media outlets began reporting the fight last fall, was Khan’s refusal to sign the contract to face American boxer Devon Alexander in December 2013. The second sign, after US media outlets began reporting speculation of the potential Mayweather vs. Khan match-up, Amir Khan shows up on BET’s 106 & Park, an obvious introduction to Floyd Mayweather’s fan base that may have had no clue who Amir Khan was. The third sign, which is probably one of the most strategic moves on Golden Boy’s behalf, was Adrien Broner picking up his “rematch” clause against Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana, whereas exercising one such clause will keep Maidana quiet about a possible fight with Mayweather now that he has to focus on Broner again.
The final and most prolific sign is Mayweather’s trip to the Motherland. Not just anywhere in the Motherland, but a trip to the Commonwealth of Nations state in Africa with the most crossover appeal, South Africa. Sure, South Africa’s boxing scene may be dead, and they needed an ambassador such as Mayweather to revive it, however, this trip to South Africa does more for the proposed fight with Khan than it does for boxing in South Africa. Now, every writer that covers boxing anywhere in the Commonwealth of Nations is covering this story. Also, it opens up another potential venue for the fight to take place as I’m sure Mayweather, Al Haymon and Golden Boy Promotions are testing the promotional waters there.
My guess is Mayweather announces the Khan fight before he leaves South Africa, or as soon as he gets back to the states. Maybe I’m wrong, as I am just looking at the writing on the wall.