Losing is a painful process we all have to undergo. There are no remedies for the pain and the only way is to move on and face the music. Experience is the greatest teacher of life and going through most of your difficult moments and passing it with flying colors is not only a rewarding feeling but it also makes you a better and tested person.
Amir Khan is just 22 years old who just bounced up from his only loss in his career against Columbian Breidis Prescott last September. His bitter experience on the hands of Prescott changed his life in a different perspective. The humbling incident led him to Freddie Roach and an opportunity to practice and spar with Manny Pacquiao the world’s current pound per pound king. Everything went into place for the young Bolton fighter. Winning against Oisin Fagan is just a tiny little step for bigger and brighter fights ahead. This time there would be no patsies or safe opponents for Khan it’s time to test the waters and his biggest test would be a 35 year old warrior from Mexico who still used his moniker… the “Baby face Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera. Marco is considered as one of boxing’s greatest legends his fights with Morales, Pacquiao, Hamed, Marquez, Pauli Ayala and Johnny Tapia are indication of his greatness and he is a tested and far more experienced boxer against Khan. He brings an impressive resume to the table with his strong determination on winning a fourth title on four different weight divisions Barrera is dead eye serious in coming off a win against Khan.
Amir who is a natural lightweight is the bigger, faster and stronger fighter between the two. His speed would be the key and with all the wars Barrera have been through it will surely take its toll. His last fight with Pacquiao has showcased a slow and old Barrera he was just fighting to survive eluding Manny’s onslaught most of the times.
But we can never question the heart of Barrera nor do we question how Hopkins bewildered Pavlik and Juan Marquez dominated a young aggressive fighter in Juan Diaz. Boxing has put itself in the reverse gear and fighters who we deemed to loose suddenly dominates the game.
Amir at a young age of 22 still has a lot of years ahead of him but in a division like the lightweight the level of competition is a notch higher. Maybe he was just a raw and overhyped fighter when he fought Presscott abandoning his defense while looking for a knockout but this time he is in for the big leagues and a Barrera fight is good for Amir. He has learned to move on since his defeat with Breidis and this time there won’t be any excuses anymore. He needs to be tested and Freddie and Amir knows that.
I would go for Amir Khan by knockout. This is what’s good about loosing because there is always a silver lining in the end. Amir has learned his lesson now it’s time to put it into practice.