Amir Khan would have been a harder fight for Floyd Mayweather than Marcos Maidana, WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia has told boxingscene.com.
The undefeated American/Puerto Rican boxer added, however, that Maidana fully deserves his chance to fight the WBC welterweight world champion at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3.
"I actually called that, because everyone was saying that Mayweather was fighting Khan - but as soon as [Maidana] beat Broner - I said Floyd is fighting Maidana," Garcia commented. "I already knew it. He had that big win and I knew that it would lead him to that fight.
"I think Floyd will outbox him and win the fight, but he deserves it to be honest with you."
Garcia believes that Mayweather will record a comfortable victory over his next opponent, but would have had more difficulty against the Bolton-born pugilist, hence why he turned down the opportunity.
"I think Khan would have been a little harder of a fight for Mayweather - because Maidana is just going to come [forward] and Floyd is basically going to outbox him and make him miss those looping punches," the 25-year-old added. "Khan is a tall fighter. People question his chin, but he's tall, has long arms and he's kind of fast.
"I think he would have been a little bit harder for Mayweather."
However, recent reports claim that Mayweather is still keen on a future fight against Khan, who was left bitterly disappointed by last week's news.