MANILA – Britain’s Amir “King” Khan knows he will be the underdog if and when he fights American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., but he insists he has what it takes to shock the pound-for-pound king – and the rest of the boxing world.
Khan is still waiting for an official announcement from Mayweather’s camp, but he has been hard at work for months trying to prepare for a fight against the American.
“(Mayweather) has never faced anyone as quick and as explosive as me,” Khan claimed in an interview with The Sweet Science. “I definitely know that.”
“If you look at his previous fight with Victor Ortiz (in September 2011), speed and explosiveness gets to him. Ortiz got beat but when he would explode towards Floyd, it was effective. Speed and explosiveness gets to him,” he added.
Khan, a former light-welterweight champion, has repeatedly said that his combination of hand-speed, size, and boxing skills will give Mayweather trouble, even if the two knockout losses on his resume have raised questions about his chin.
“Yes, I’ve lost. Yes, I’ve been knocked out,” Khan acknowledged. “But I don’t think I have ever lost a fight when it comes down to boxing. And I have never been in a boring fight. When I come to fight, I come to fight.”
So confident is Khan that he claimed Mayweather – one of the most skilled boxers of his generation – can't out-box him.
“No fighter can out-box me,” he said. “Floyd won’t do it either. I can’t see Floyd out-boxing me.”
Khan said he won’t allow Mayweather to dictate the pace in their fight, as the American has done in his other matches, to great effect.
“Floyd beats people with single shots, accuracy and good footwork. He can’t dictate a fight against me because I beat him with footwork and speed,” Khan said. “I can keep up with him in many departments.”
Khan also points out that business-wise, he makes a far better opponent for Mayweather than the American’s other option, Marcos Maidana of Argentina.
“I bring fans from the UK, Asia, and the Muslim community,” Khan said. “If boxing is a business, and this fight is about giving people and exciting fight and making the most money, then Floyd Mayweather vs. Amir Khan is a no-brainer.”