Both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, previous top pound-for-pound boxers in the sport, were both scared to fight Amir Khan, claimed the British boxer himself in an interview. Khan also claimed that his fight against Canelo Alvarez later this year will be bigger than the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight last year.
Khan has been calling out both Pacquiao and Mayweather in recent years but both decided to snub the British boxer multiple times and never gave Khan a shot. Khan will have an opportunity to show what he’s made of against a big name fighter in his next fight, against Canelo on May 7, 2016.
”The reason why Mayweather and Pacquaio did not want any part of me was because I was too dangerous for them,” Khan shared to RingTV.com.
“They felt that Amir was going to make them look bad. They are beatable and I have the tools to beat them at my weight. Canelo is going to be a much tougher fight for me.”
Against Alvarez, who is the heavier fighter, Khan stated that the boxing world is going to be surprised of his performance despite the weight disadvantage.
“I believe this fight between Canelo and I is getting more attention than a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The hype for this fight has just been unexpected,” Khan added in the same interview.
“No one knew of this fight taking place or of any negotiations taking place. When the fight was announced, no one knew how react to this fight or to even believe it was happening. People around the boxing world are saying Amir Khan has some balls going up in weight. It’s nice to catch fans by surprise with a fight of this magnitude.”
Khan also added that other boxers should emulate him in his decision to take the more risky fights saying that other fighters should only “fight the best.”
“It’s good to show that I want to fight the best fighters in the world. All fighters should be looking at my situation of fighting the best. If I’m seeking to fight the best, so should other fighters be fighting the best,” Khan stated.
“I’m not ducking anyone. This is a massive test for me. Supposedly, I’m scared to fight Kell Brook and here I am fighting a guy like Canelo Alvarez.”
Khan and Alvarez will fight for THE RING magazine and World Boxing Council middleweight title by the Mexican and will be held at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7, 2016.
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