File photo: Amir Khan during a training session at Amir Khan Academy in Bolton, England. (Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Eastern Eye Staff
AMIR KHAN has opened up on raring to give “a hell of a try” to trounce Floyd Mayweather in a dream match that never took off, and how he discovered the former world champ to be “a funny character” off the ring.
The British boxing ace had for long been keen to challenge the American pugilist-turned-promoter. His hopes, however, were dashed as Mayweather rejected Khan in favour of a bout with Argentine champ Marcos Maidana.
A confident Khan said he had even devised a “hit-and-move” game-plan to fight Mayweather.
“It would have been a game of chess,” he told Sky Sports News. “Mayweather is hit-and-move, so I’d have boxed him at his own game. That’s the way to beat him.
“I don’t know if I would have beaten him but I would have given it a hell of a try. As a fighter I have always had confidence in myself.”
Khan also revealed nuggets from an interaction with Mayweather at a WBC convention in Miami in 2018.
“He was very respectful, he hugged me,” he said, adding that they didn’t discuss the Maidana episode.
“Mayweather is a funny character. He’s one of those type of guys who wants to pick who he fights and be the boss and be the main headline. But when I met him face-to-face, he was a different guy.”
The American, who had retired undefeated in 2017, went on to quip: “Amir, I need a dancing partner!”
And Khan jabbed back: “Yo Floyd it’s me who’s waiting on you!”
Another boxing biggie on Khan’s radar was Manny Pacquiao. But the Brit conceded that it was “hard to say” if a match would materialise.
“Sometimes you wait around too long for fights like Manny,” he said. “Like Mayweather you waste so much time trying to get him to sign the piece paper that guarantees the fight is happening — you waste time.”
If Pacquiao was willing to fight, he added, “it would be great to get back in the gym to work towards that”.
“What’s left out there? The big fight with Mayweather or Pacquiao? Who knows, that’s up to them to sign,” said Khan, who has been with Covid-19 relief efforts.