Floyd Mayweather Jr. Next Fight: 'Money' Is Ducking Amir Khan Says Former Boxing Star [VIDEO]
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is known for taking his time when deciding on an upcoming opponent, although this time around there are few options aside from British-born fighter Amir Khan. Mayweather hasn't made any announcements yet though, and former champion Prince Naseem Hamed believes Mayweather is ducking Khan.
"I think Amir might give Mayweather a harder fight than his last 10 opponents because he's got fast hands and I would love for Amir to win that fight," Hamed said. "I think he's got a good chance and I think Floyd knows he's got a chance and that's why he's been avoiding it."
Khan looked like a frontrunner last year but he was bypassed for Marcos Maidana after Maidana leveled Adrien Broner late in 2013 and created demand. Mayweather fought Maidana twice, winning by majority decision and then unanimous decision. Hamed thinks Khan poses a different, greater challenge than Maidana who tested Mayweather's mettle in their first meeting.
"Floyd is older and you could see with what he's getting hit with in the fight with Marcos Maidana that he's getting older. And believe me Amir is faster and better than Maidana. Amir did a better job on Maidana than Floyd did." Hamed said.
Khan's flaws are well-publicized though, and nearly came to roost recently in a fight vs. Chris Algieri on May 29. Algieri was supposed to be a showcase fight for Khan, but became a gritty battle in which Khan was hurt several times. Khan's chin has always been his weak point; he was stopped by Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott as a junior welterweight and seemed close to going down vs. Algieri, who is not known as a puncher.