MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Amir Khan said undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr is taking the 'easy route' by choosing to battle Victor Ortiz in his comeback fight.
"He (Mayweather) takes the easy route, he fights the names he knows he can beat," Khan told On the Ropes boxing radio.
He said that there were other fighters that will give Mayweather a bigger challenge than Ortiz.
"There are bigger names out there who I know can take Mayweather and give him a tougher fight than Victor," Khan said.
Mayweather will take on Ortiz on September 17. It will be Mayweather's first boxing match after a 16-month layoff from the sport.
Khan also expressed his concern that Mayweather will avoid him too, if a potential fight between the 2 boxers ever comes close to happening.
"I think he'll avoid me, like he's avoiding Manny Pacquiao," Khan said.
Khan has repeatedly said in interviews that he wants to fight Mayweather, possibly sometime in 2012.
Khan and Pacquiao are both trained by 4-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and are frequent sparring partners.
The British boxer is coming off a 5-round knockout victory over Zab Judah, which saw him unify the WBA and IBF light-welterweight title belts.
He is now aiming to move up in weight.
"It's quite hard for me to get fights in these division," Khan said, saying that the man he wants to fight, Timothy Bradley, is scared of him.
Khan is now looking to the winner of the upcoming Erik Morales-Lucas Mathysse bout for his next opponenet.
"You've got two names there who are good fighters. Also, the WBC title is on the line, so there is another title to pick up," he said.
Khan is currently vacationing in his hometown of Bolton and is set to go on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.