Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios is not giving Britain’s Amir “King” Khan much of a chance against unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Khan won a poll on Mayweather’s website where fans were asked to choose between the Briton and Argentina’s Marcos Maidana to determine the American’s next opponent.
But Rios, who last November lost to Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, does not think Khan will present a true challenge for Mayweather.
“Floyd would catch him eventually,” Rios told Hustle Boss. “Floyd’s one of the best technicians out of all. He’s very smart, and I think Floyd would tag him a couple of times and I think Floyd might even drop Amir Khan.”
Rios disagrees with the notion that Khan’s hand speed will make him a dangerous opponent, instead pointing out that the British fighter’s tendency to become overeager will work to Mayweather’s advantage.
“Sometimes, Amir Khan, he steps on his own toes sometimes,” he said. “He comes in too quick. He’s too quick, too aggressive, and sometimes he leaves himself open when he throws a lot of punches.”
This aggressiveness can lead to Khan getting countered by Mayweather, who is the best in the game at that particular aspect of boxing.
“He’s very fast, yes, I give Amir Khan that, but sometimes he’ll jump in and Mayweather’s one of the best counter-punchers,” Rios said. “One of the best boxers out there, and I think he’ll catch him with something.”
Two of Khan’s three career losses have come by knockout.