Khan’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions wanted him to fight Alexander in order to give Khan a chance to pick up his IBF 147 lb. title and show boxing fans that he would be a worthy opponent for Mayweather.
Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter doesn’t know what Khan is going to do, but he feels that he’s going to need to dedicate himself fully to the sport if he wants to beat a talented fighter like Mayweather.
Hunter thinks that if a Khan-Mayweather fight were to take place right now, Khan would have a lot of problems with Mayweather’s skills and educated quickness.
Hunter said to Radio Raheem “If we were to put Amir Khan in with Floyd Mayweather Jr. today, Khan would be in for a rude awakening…Floyd is quicker; he processes things quicker.”
It would be very tough on Khan if he were to get in the ring with Mayweather, and not just now. Khan will have problems with a talented fighter like Mayweather in 8 months, 12 months or even 24 months. Khan has quick hands, but he’s not as skilled as Mayweather and he doesn’t have his boxing IQ. Khan likes to brag about how his fast hands would give Mayweather Jr. a lot of problems and allow him to get the victory over him, but it’s hard to believe that when you see Khan struggling against guys like Julio Diaz.
That was Khan’s last fight, and he looked worse than awful. As soon as Diaz figured out that Khan liked to jump in and out in throwing 1-2 combos, he began to time him and nail him with left hooks. Diaz ended up knocking Khan down in the 4th round, and staggering him over and over again in the last 5 rounds of the fight.
Khan won the fight by a controversial 12 round decision, and he’s not fought since. That was his welcoming to the welterweight division. Just imagine what Mayweather would do to Khan if he got him in the ring next May. It’ll be a slaughter, and it might not make good pay per view television.