Opinion | Jun 03 2015

What chance does Amir Khan have against Floyd Mayweather?

Daniel Herbert returns from Khan-Algieri in New York and analyses how Amir would fare against Mayweather

AMIR KHAN moved closer to his dream of a Floyd Mayweather fight by defeating Chris Algieri last weekend. But has he done enough to deserve such a chance, with all the riches it would bring? That’s another story.

The good news is that Khan got out of Brooklyn with the victory, after having some problems with the unusually aggressive Algieri over the first half of the 12-rounder. The bad news is that Khan showed enough flaws to suggest he would stand little chance of toppling the supreme boxing talent that is Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

No shame there, because just about everybody else on the planet is in the same position as the Bolton man. But all the recent talk about a Mayweather-Khan fight centred on the idea that Amir possessed the hand speed to trouble Floyd – that Khan could bring to the table a quality lacking in many recent Mayweather challengers. (OK, Manny Pacquiao has blazing speed but he was hampered by a shoulder injury, although I doubt he would have done much better if fully fit).


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