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Is Khan ready for Mayweather?
British star thinks he can take on the best!
Posted Nov 04, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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There’s a story in the news today that needed a double take – Amir Khan has said, and wait for it, that he will be ready to fight Floyd Mayweather within 12 months! Yes, you read that correctly, the Bolton fighter believes he can take on one of the greatest boxers of all time.
You have to admire Khan’s confidence but I believe it would be a demolition job and the outcome would be the same and when he fought Columbian, Breidis Prescott, in September 2008. Watching that fight, it proved that Khan doesn’t have the chin he’ll need to take big shots from the best fighters, and despite his unquestionable speed and ability, I fear that one punch square on his chin will send him packing. And Mayweather certainly has the ammunition to do that.
Khan, who defends his WBA-light welterweight crown against Argentine Marcos Maidana on December 11th, is certainly one of the best in his division. But the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather are in a different league to everyone else.
Mayweather, unbeaten throughout his career, is superb at taking his time, sizing his opponent up and picking them off with shots full of power and precision. He is a master at his art.
If there’s one bout fight fans all over the world want to see it is Mayweather versus Pacquiao. Nothing else is really on the radar.
Khan, who has been sparring with Pacquiao, told the BBC: “In the next 12 months, (Mayweather) will be an ideal fight for me. It’s definitely one I’d fancy. Manny thinks it will be a good fight because he’s trained with me, sparred with me, he really thinks I’m good enough to fight Mayweather now. But I think in the next 12 months, when I get even better and with more experience, I think I’ll be in better condition to fight him then.”
Fair play, but I can see Khan struggling with his next defence. The 27-year-old Maidana has 27 knockouts from 29 fights and is likely to pose the kind of problems that New Yorker Paulie Malinaggi never could. If Khan can escape from this fight with his chin in tact and his belt still around the waist, it will do a lot to convince people that he has got the necessary skills to go on and be one of the best. But until that happens, boxing fans worldwide will continue to doubt his durability.