Former world champion Amir "King" Khan believes American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. is now "beatable" after being dragged into a competitive bout by Argentina's Marcos Maidana last Saturday in Las Vegas.
Mayweather extended his unbeaten streak to 46 fights after taking a majority decision from Maidana, but it was a more competitive fight than expected as the Argentine fulfilled his pre-fight promise of keeping pressure on Mayweather for 12 rounds.
“He’s getting a little older now,” said Khan, as quoted by RingTV, after the event. “Floyd Mayweather is beatable, definitely.”
Khan had his own fight in the undercard, beating Luis Collazo by unanimous decision in a one-sided bout. He later said he wants to fight the undefeated Mayweather, and believes it is a bout that boxing fans want to see.
“A lot of people want the fight now, because they want a young lion to come up, and they want to see him get beat,” Khan said in a separate Boxing Scene report. “I think the only person who has the chance to do that is me.”
“People want to see a fight between me and Floyd. Floyd hasn’t seen speed. He’s fighting people with explosive power, but styles make fights, and I think my style will give him a lot of trouble,” he added.
Khan is confident that he is quicker than Mayweather, while also bringing explosiveness and power.
“I think we bring the full package,” said Khan, who also claimed that his boxing skills can rival that of Mayweather’s.
“Floyd’s a master class in boxing, but I’ve never lost a fight when it comes to boxing,” he said. “Floyd has taken people apart. When it comes to a fight, Floyd would be a boxing fight, a boxing match. It will be skills and youth that will definitely take it.”
It is unlikely that Khan and Mayweather will fight this year, however, as the American’s next fight is scheduled for September, which is too close to Ramadan.
Khan, a devout Muslim, said he cannot fight in September. “Look, Ramadan only comes once a year. For religious purposes, I respect that,” he said.
“It won’t happen in September. I mean, push it back to November, and it could happen,” he added.