Former world champion Amir Khan firmly believes that he would have beaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. – had they met at their very best.
A few months ago, Khan retired from the sport. His last match took place back in February, when he suffered a stoppage loss at the hands of career rival Kell Brook.
Mayweather retired from the sport in 2017 with a perfect 50-0 record, after stopping UFC star Conor McGregor in a cross-sport boxing match.
During the heights of their respective careers, Khan was aggressively trying to secure a fight with Mayweather.
When the fight appeared to be on the books in 2014 and 2015, Khan was passed over in favor or Marcos Maidana and Andre Berto.
Khan has always been confident that his style and speed would have created a lot of problems for Mayweather.
“You know what? I’d beat him,” Khan told Gary Neville on The Overlap. “Honestly, I’d beat him. If I was in my prime and he was in his prime I’m very confident. I’m going to get a lot of hate for that, I’m sorry guys but you have to believe in yourself and that’s one thing I’ve always done throughout my career.
“I think stylistically when Mayweather was a lot younger he had a lot of speed, a lot of movement. But I feel that my speed would have beaten his speed, my movement would have beaten his movement and he really wasn’t the biggest puncher in the game so it would have been like a game of chess but I would have outboxed him.”
The Bolton had recently mentioned the idea of taking part in an exhibition clash with Mayweather, who rejected the idea.