IN May of last year Amir Khan lay stretched on the canvas, eerily motionless after a full-bodied right cross from Canelo Alvarez connected with his chin. The shot condemned Khan to a knockout defeat in the sixth round. Amir has not fought since.
Ricky Hatton can empathise with his predicament. “From being a British boxing fight fan and being Amir’s mate, I got knocked out horrendously by Manny Pacquiao, but Amir’s had three of them. [Breidis] Prescott, [Danny] Garcia and Canelo and there’s only so many knockouts of that manner you can come back from. You know what I mean? He’s had a fair few fights, he’s had the war with [Marcos] Maidana. Those heavy defeats, I wonder how much it’s took out of Amir,” Hatton told Boxing News.
Khan and Pacquiao announced they’d agreed terms to fight but no deal has been confirmed. “It’s a shame really. Amir’s probably only got a few more fights and then he’ll probably get out of the game to be honest with you. I think Manny the same. I think Manny isn’t the force he was. He’s still got enough force to still be a contender at the weight, obviously, that goes without saying,” Hatton said. “It’s a shame it didn’t happen against Pacquiao, because it’s two big names and it would have been a big fight.”