Amir Khan believes his upcoming bout with Saul Canelo Alvarez could be bigger than last year’s ‘Fight of the Century’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Following failed negotiations with fellow Brit Kell Brook, Khan announced last week his plans to move up in weight to fight Alvarez on May 7 in Las Vegas.
Much of the boxing community has been shocked by the Brit’s career-defining decision, however, Khan believes this will work in his favour to create an unprecedented showdown.
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He told RingTV: “I believe this fight between Canelo and I is getting more attention than a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.
"The hype for this fight has just been unexpected. No one knew of this fight taking place or of any negotiations taking place. When the fight was announced, no one knew how to react to this fight or to even believe it was happening.
“People around the boxing world are saying Amir Khan has some balls going up in weight.
“It’s nice to catch fans by surprise with a fight of this magnitude.”
Regardless of the reaction to the announcement, Khan and Alvarez are very unlikely to eclipse Mayweather and Pacquiao's showdown from May 2015.
Though the fight itself was somewhat of an anti-climax, with Mayweather winning comfortably on points by a unanimous decision, the meeting still broke numerous boxing records.
The long-awaited bout generated more than $400 million from pay-per-view revenue in the United States alone, with the 4.4 million individual purchases almost doubling the previous record from Mayweather's fight with Oscar de la Hoya in 2007.
Point to prove
In arguably the biggest fight of his career, Khan will be intent on showing Mayweather his worth. The Bolton-born boxer was overlooked by the former champion in his final fight, with the 38-year-old instead selecting Andre Berto as his final opponent last September.
Mayweather retired with a 49-0 record and maintains that he will only make a comeback "if it is meant to be".
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