MANILA, Philippines – British fighter Amir Khan thinks Manny Pacquiao would be a tougher fight than pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Khan, who has been actively pursuing a bout against either fighters, said the 8-division boxing champion from the Philippines is more difficult to beat than Mayweather.
“Mayweather would be a very technical fight, like a game of chess,” Khan said in an interview with The Guardian.
“But I think Manny would be harder. He’s much more aggressive and it would be more intense.”
Khan has already experienced fighting Pacquiao as they used to spar back when they were both training under Freddie Roach.
“Me and Manny sparred a lot, and I often went with him to the Philippines, so it would make a great fight,” he said.
Khan, however, broke ties with Roach in 2012 in search for a new coach. He claims to have improved a lot under defense specialist Virgil Hunter.
“With my trainer Virgil Hunter, I’m a much better and more defensive fighter,” he said.
Khan said he was going after a Pacquiao fight in November, but Chris Algieri beat him to it. The New York-based fighter will be meeting Pacquiao in the ring on November 22 (November 23, Manila time) in Macau.
“I’ve left it with my team and my adviser Al Haymon [who also works closely with Mayweather] and I told them: ‘I like the Manny fight.’ But we’ve had no response,” said Khan.
But the Briton remains hopeful that he’ll be able to fight Pacquiao someday.
“The Manny fight can still happen at some point,” Khan said.