Saturday, May. 3, Brooklyn's Luis Collazo (35-5) will take on Amir Khan (28-3) on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Marcos Maidana. The bout will be televised on the PPV card being held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For Collazo, the bout is an opportunity to display his skills on a global level. Many, around the world, will be tuning in to view Mayweather, which should relay into an enormous amount of exposure for Collazo.
Strategically, Collazo will surely be looking to hurt Khan as it has been evident throughout Khan's career that his chin is suspect. Also, due to Collazo's knockout victory over Victor Ortiz, it is foreseeable that Colazo has the power to pull off the victory .
On the other hand, Khan has made it no secret that he will be fighting on Mayweather's undercard in order to land a megafight with the main attraction, Floyd Mayweather Jr. If successful, the boxing world could certainly expect to see Khan named as Mayweather's next opponent.
However, Khan must first get past Collazo who is coming into the fight with alot of momentum and confidence. Khan will be expected to possess the faster hand speed amongst the two, which could pose a problem for Collazo. Hence, it will be interesting to depict how the two match up against one another.
Promotionally, both fighters are contracted with Golden Boy, which made the fight easy to make. Both men are looking towards a fight with Mayweather and need an impressive victory to further their claim that they belong on the big stage.
Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive of Golden Boy, told ESPN.com,
"Both Amir Khan and Luis Collazo have made it known that they want a shot at the winner of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, so what better way for them to prove that they're next."
In the end, credit must be given to both fighters along with Golden Boy as this match up adds validity to the Mayweather vs. Maidana undercard. Mayweather has not made a commitment to fight the winner, but an impressive victory should put either contender in prime position to win the Mayweather sweepstakes.