Former WBA and IBF unified light welterweight champion and current WBC middleweight title contender Amir Khan believes there is a reason why a fight against retired undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. never materialized.
“King Khan” is currently slated to face champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a 155-pound catchweight bout on May 7<sup>th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The winner of the said fight will be facing the WBC’s mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin, who has a title fight of his own against fellow undefeated fighter Dominic Wade at the Forum in Inglewood, California on April 23<sup>rd.
Khan has repeatedly called out “Money Mayweather” over the last few years, and in 2014, a fight almost materialized. But due to failed negotiations, Mayweather instead opted to finally agree to face long-time on-paper rival Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.
Mayweather made his retirement official in September of the past year, after handily defeating former two-time world champion Andre Berto by unanimous decision. He left the sport of boxing with a record of 49-0, with 26 wins by knockout.
During his appearance on last Wednesday’s edition of Mario Lopez’s “the 3 Knockdown Rule” podcast (via Boxingscene), Khan believes Mayweather would not have pulled a victory over him, like how he did with his past opponents. For the British fighter, his skills and technique is just far more superior.
“If you look at my style and styles make fight I’m not going to stand there in front of Floyd and I’m not going to just let him pick me off,” Khan said. “I have fast feet, fast hands, I have explosiveness.”
Mayweather has often been criticized for “cherry picking” his opponents, which many believe is one of the factors why he holds an undefeated record.
Khan apparently shares the same sentiment.
“I think with Floyd, I just don’t think he wants that style,” he said. “He don’t want to face that style because he knew that he was going to have his hands full.”