Retired British boxer Ricky Hatton has expressed his bitter disappointment in Floyd Mayweather for opting to fight Marcos Maidana rather than Amir Khan.
Hatton, who famously lost to Mayweather in December 2007, believes the May 3 bout in Las Vegas is a complete mismatch.
Writing in the Manchester Evening News, Hatton said: “[Mayweather] is the pound-for-pound No.1 and will undoubtedly go down one of boxing’s all-time greats. But I certainly feel he has taken the easier option by fighting Marcos Maidana instead of Khan.
“In fact I think it’s a shocking fight.
“I was so disappointed to hear that the clash with Khan had fallen through. And while I would never say Floyd is avoiding a test, perhaps he didn’t fancy Amir’s style.”
Some believe that Mayweather opted not to fight Britain’s Khan due to his speed - including Hatton, who feels that Khan could have been a nightmare opponent for the WBC welterweight world champion.
“I’ve said for a while that Amir could cause him problems.,” the former WBA welterweight champion continued. “I’ve had a few people come up to me and say ‘what are you saying?’ when I say Amir has the style to beat him.
“But I’m a firm believer that if he jabs and moves, swallows his pride doesn’t go toe-to-toe then he could do well.
“The last fighter Floyd looked ordinary against was Zab Judah, so maybe he just didn’t fancy Amir stylistically. He would still be expected to win, but stylewise it could be a nightmare for him.”
However, if recent reports are to be believed, Mayweather still intends on taking on Khan in a big-money bout in the future.
Hatton added: “His dream fight could yet happen and facing Floyd later in the year might suit him better.
“Ask yourself, is it ideal to go into the biggest fight of your career having been out of action for more than a year?
“It’s up to Amir to take the positives out of this situation and decide his next move.
“Everyone dreams of fighting Floyd – Amir could yet get his chance to step in the ring with him.”