MANILA, Philippines – Fighting British boxer Amir Khan may be risky for unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr., as the former world champion’s style can give the pound-for-pound king “big headaches.”
This, according to former world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton of Britain.
Khan is one of the two boxers that Mayweather is considering for his next fight, the other being Argentina’s Marcos Maidana.
On Monday, the American asked his fans through his social media account to vote on who should be his next opponent.
Hatton, who lost to Mayweather when they fought in December 2007, said he is not counting Khan out immediately if the Briton lands the big-money showdown.
“I do give Khan a chance,” Hatton said, as quoted by Boxing Scene. “I know a lot of people won’t share my enthusiasm. And he will be the underdog – there’s no getting away from that, and I think Amir would admit that.”
“But styles make fights,” Hatton reminded. “Mayweather likes fighters to run at him and attack him, but he never has to go on the front foot and hunt someone down.”
Hatton advised Khan to fight smartly, and use his hand speed and skill to force the usually defensive Mayweather into a fight.
“If Amir could swallow his pride for one fight and use his hand speed and his boxing ability and let Floyd try to jump all over him, he’s probably the only man who can match Floyd for skill,” said Hatton.
“Mayweather likes to sit back and use his defense. He can shoulder roll and all that, but his style is harder when he’s on the front foot. Amir has got the style to give him big headaches,” he stressed.
Mayweather will return to the ring on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.