MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Amir Khan is getting frustrated at the game Floyd Mayweather is playing after the American superstar asked his fans to choose who his next opponent will be in a poll that pitted Khan against Argentina’s Marcos Maidana.
Maidana took an early lead in the poll, and although Khan has since caught up, he is wondering why Mayweather is considering the Argentine in the first place.
“Why would Mayweather even consider putting Maidana in the mix?” Khan asked in a post on his Facebook account. “Slow hands, slow feet. The only thing he brings to table is power.”
“I bring speed, explosiveness, power, and footwork to the table. Look back at quick opponents has fought in the past. (Zab) Judah and Oscar De La Hoya both hand speed, and (those) were close fights,” he added.
“Floyd did say fans want to see him knocking someone out because his fights are boring. So no wonder he’s now wanting to fight Maidana.”
Khan pointed out that the last time Mayweather fought someone with power but with no speed – Mexican Canelo Alvarez – the fight turned out to be a dud.
Khan also addressed the questions regarding his supposed glass chin, as the British boxer has been knocked out in two of his last three losses. Khan said his inability to take a punch was related to his problems in losing weight.
“Let’s talk about the chin, which I always laugh about. Killing yourself to make weight makes your punch resistance poor. I’ve been killing myself (to make) 140 pounds, and should have moved up,” Khan admitted.
Khan also stressed that he has beaten Maidana before, and survived the hardest shots from the Argentine brawler.
“I’ve taken the biggest shots from the likes of Maidana,” he said.
Mayweather has yet to announce the result of the poll, and Khan said he leaves it up to the boxing fans to decide.
“It’s in the fans who hands who they want to see me fight,” he said. “If it’s not me, then good luck to whoever it is.”
Maidana had put his name into the mix after demolishing Adrien Broner, a protege of Mayweather, to win a welterweight title last year.