Amir Khan Says He Can Beat an Old and Slow Floyd Mayweather

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIJuly 14, 2012

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According to Boxingscene, newly-reinstated WBA super welterweight champ Amir Khan says Floyd Mayweather has become old and slow and as a result believes he’ll be beat “Money May” whenever their paths cross in the four-cornered ring.

“Watching Mayweather’s last fight (a points win against Miguel Cotto), coupled with the way I’ve been training, I think I’m ready.

“Styles make fights. I know Mayweather’s fought other styles and has looked so good against them, but he’s never fought anyone with my style, someone young, hungry, fit and strong who can punch.

“I know I will cause Mayweather problems. He’s getting older and slower now. It’s the best time to catch him. I really believe I do have the style to beat him.

“One of the reasons I want to move up to 147 lbs. is to fight Mayweather and it’s not about money, it’s about me knowing I can beat the guy and be the next guy at the top, the next pound-for-pound champion," Khan said.

In the past, Bolton, England’s, finest boxing export has intimated that he has the necessary skill set to upend the five-divisional titlist and current WBC welterweight champion, suggesting at 35, Mayweather’s legs have gone.

However, the confident Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) has two obstacles to hurdle before he gets the opportunity to bring the pound-for-pound king’s unbeaten 43-fight streak to an end.

Firstly, he’ll have to ensure he gets past WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) in tonight’s bout, but more importantly, he needs to do it in scintillating fashion. A poor winning performance will send his stock nose-diving, and a loss will be catastrophic.

And secondly, Mayweather who’s presently serving a 90-day stint in jail for a domestic violence conviction, might feel there are bigger fish to fry upon his August release.

A highly anticipated clash with Mayweather’s pound-for-pound contemporary Manny Pacquiao as well as a rematch with Cotto could be far more lucrative than a Khan fight.

That said, nothing in the world of boxing is set in stone, and if it makes money, then it makes sense.

No pun intended, but Money is all about the money.


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