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article imageStephen A. Smith wants Mayweather to face Pacquiao, not Amir Khan

By Leo Reyes     Nov 14, 2014 in Sports
Popular ESPN broadcaster and sports commentator Stephen A. Smith has lashed out on Floyd Mayweather Jr. for continuously ducking Manny Pacquiao and for his intention to face Amir Khan in the ring for his next fight.
Smith, who was joined by equally popular sports commentator Skip Bayless in their "First Take" ESPN show, said he can forgive Mayweather for considering a rematch with Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto but he just can't understand why Mayweather would even consider Khan because nobody is asking him to face the British fighter.
Without downgrading Khan's capability, Smith said "the bottom line is very simple: nobody is asking that fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., just like nobody is asking the likes of Maidana vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.," Smith said on his show.
Smith qualifies his statement saying that everyone knows Khan can fight despite Danny Garcia tearing him apart in their last fight, but the issue is that nobody in his mind wants to see a Mayweather-Khan match.
Smith has sided with Mayweather on many issues, including his ability to beat Pacquiao in the ring, but recently has shown his frustration with the unbeaten fighter for putting up so many excuses to avoid a clash with the Filipino star.
For his part, Bayless, who has always sided with Pacquiao, believes the fight that every boxing fan wants to see may never happen after all.
"The fight will never ever happen because Floyd Mayweather Jr. does not want it to happen." said Bayless as he referred to Bob Arum's recent statement about the Mayweather fight.
"How can I talk for Mayweather? As far as the Pacquiao fight is concerned with Mayweather, as much as a lot of people surrounding it would want it to happen, myself included and Manny included, Floyd is reluctant to fight Manny Pacquiao, period. If people don’t see that by now, they are never going to see it," Arum said
Bayless thinks Arum's statement is a death knell for boxing's most-awaited fight.
Negotiations for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight started five years ago, but the two sides could not agree on many issues including random blood and urine testing, purse splits, venue and even the size and make of gloves to be used.
Smith says he cannot understand why Mayweather is putting up too many excuses when he and his dad are sure of beating Pacquiao in the ring.
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