In a video on FightHype, boxing hardman Ricky Hatton has stated how he believes Amir Khan has dodged a bullet by avoiding a showdown with the pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather.
The former multi-division world champ couldn't get close to Mayweather in 2007 and was defeated by TKO in the tenth round of a fight which was considered to be the biggest at Welterweight since the legendary 1999 clash between Oscar De La Hoya and Tito Trinidad.
The 35-year-old believes that the now WBC Welterweight champion, Mayweather, has improved since then and after every fight he has had, and that he is still getting better all the time.
While he does concede that Khan is probably the only man who could get near him for speed, besides Manny Pacquiáo perhaps, he also reveals that when Floyd is put under pressure is when he fights back the hardest.
Hatton says: "Mayweather generally shines when people are trying to jump all over him, i.e. me...the last time.
"Floyd fought a mover when he fought Zab Judah and he struggled with that style for a few rounds, but he's improved with every fight since back in them days."
"He's looking better and better all the time, so I think it's a blessing that Amir isn't getting the fight."
The Hitman went after Mayweather in their bout and at times made him look a little unnerved, but that didn't last long and the undefeated champ soon found his rhythm, toying with Hatton before a sweet side-step followed by a left-hook knocked him to the canvas in the tenth round.
It is clear to see what Hatton is saying, with Mayweather's experience and ability he could flourish in a fight against Khan in which he could pick him off with his movement and counter-punching, letting Khan do most of the work.
It is a shame that we will not get to see what the outcome would be, unless they meet in the future, but you would expect Khan to be more optimistic about his chances of victory than Hatton - a man that was knocked out and defeated for the first time of his career by Mayweather when he was in the best form of his career.
Instead, Khan will now be facing another of Hatton's former nemesis' in Las Vegas on May 3 when he makes his Welterweight debut, against Luis Collazo.
Hatton also made his Welterweight debut against Collazo in Boston in May 2006, when the Manchester man was considered lucky to escape with a unanimous decision win.
Collazo will go into the fight against Khan on the back of a four-fight winning streak, including an impressive second-round stoppage of former WBC champion Victor Ortiz in January, and with a record of 35 fights and five losses in total.
A victory over the 32-year-old could propel Khan closer to what would be a lucrative showdown with Mayweather. The experience is sure to benefit the young Brit, who at 27, still has time on his side. But nothing but a win will get him near to a fight with the five-division world champion.
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