The crowd goes ecstatic as the silhouette of a man in boxing gloves dance around for 3 minutes. His opponent waited anxiously in the top of the ring as Prince Naseem Hamed emerged out of the curtains with his usual glare and leopard print shorts. It was one tough entrance to follow, but you know what’s more tougher? All those bravado and silly antics outside, he can back everything up inside the ring. He talked so much noise and yet he lets his opponent eat up punches from different angles.
Amir Khan resembles more like Hamed with both Muslim descent and raised in England. They both love to talk but that’s the only closed relation you can think of. When Amir started talking he ends up kissing the canvass more often. He is a gifted athlete but one thing you can’t teach and can’t protect, is a glass jaw. It’s like a red button that once press, everything goes off. Fernando Vargas, had to learn it the hard way when he lost to Shane Mosley (twice), Oscar De La Hoya and Tito Trinidad all by knockouts. In a sport where one punch could spell a difference, Khan’s jaw is a marked target.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. could have been his biggest fight of his career. It could have been a good matchup with Floyd dancing around the ring, scoring points after points without looking for a knockout. Khan could stand toe to toe without worrying his jaw. It could have propel Khan’s career to greater heights and fight bigger purses. However, he let his mouth open and talk trash saying Floyd is afraid to fight him, or that he knows he can beat Floyd. In return, Floyd’s team cancelled their dream date and fought a much easier route in Andre Berto. Now Khan is eager to fight Manny Pacquiao. Is it a good matchup? Or a death wish? Let us all remember that this is the same Khan that Manny continuously knock out cold on their one on one sparring sessions. This is the same Khan that Manny took it easy in some sparring sessions so that Khan would not lose his edge and confidence. And this is the same Manny that can still knock his opponent if given the chance. Amir Khan wanted Manny because Manny is still nursing and recuperating from his right hand injury, and while Manny’s ego is still down after he was humbled by Floyd Mayweather Jr. But we know Manny’s power is in his left, and his dedication is still there so let’s just say Amir’s death wish is coming into fruition.
When people compared Amir Khan to Prince Naseem Hamed, I just can’t help but laugh. Even if he goes dancing around for 3 minutes and even if he mimic’s The Prince’s entrance. We all know when he talks it’s just air.
There would never be another Prince Hamed.