Khan: I can beat Mayweather
Amir Khan is convinced he is the only man capable of beating Floyd Mayweather - but the Briton's hopes of facing the pound-for-pound king this year appear bleak.
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Khan made a splash on his welterweight debut over the weekend, knocking down former world champion Luis Collazo to the canvas on three separate occasions before being awarded a lopsided points victory.
He is now keen to arrange a showdown with Mayweather, who extended his remarkable professional record to 46-0 in the main event in Las Vegas after a majority decision win over the rugged Marcos Maidana to unify the WBC and WBA titles in the 147lb division.
Yet the Bolton fighter believes he can finally be the one to end Mayweather's much-vaunted unbeaten record as he possesses superior hand and foot speed to the 37-year-old American.
"Floyd looks beatable," said Khan. "He's getting a little older now and that's why a lot of people want the fight now because they want a young lion to come up and they want to see him get beat.
"I think the only person who has the chance to do that is me.
"I'm quicker than Floyd, we've proved now that we bring power to the table with the speed. We're getting better and I'm only going to improve myself.
"When it comes to boxing, no one can beat me in boxing. Floyd's a master class in boxing, but I've never lost a fight when it comes down to boxing, I've always taken people apart.
"A fight with Floyd would be a boxing match, it would be skills v skills and the youth definitely would take it."
Khan, who improved his record to 29 wins from 32 fights over the weekend, pointed to the differences in both his and Mayweather's victories over Maidana as proof of his credentials.
While Khan knocked down the Argentinian in the first round before taking a unanimous decision victory in 2010 - albeit after some shaky moments - Mayweather struggled in the opening half of his fight against Maidana, before coming on strong thereafter.
"People know when I fought Maidana how convincing the win was and we put him down," said Khan.
"Maidana boxed a little and started catching Floyd. I really believe I can give him the most problems ever."
With Mayweather and Maidana announcing they were agreeable to a September re-match immediately after the decision to their fight was announced, Khan may have to wait a little longer for his dream match-up.
Even if that should fall through, Khan would not be able to take Maidana's spot as the dates conflict with the Ramadan, and although that finishes at the end of July the 27-year-old claims he would need a three-month training camp to prepare for Mayweather.
Asked whether he would be willing to forego the Muslim fasting period in order to seal the showdown, the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion replied: "Ramadan only comes once a year and I respect that. I wouldn't do that in September.
"Push it to November and then it can happen."
Mayweather, though, is notorious for being unwilling to bend to other fighters' demands and would be highly unlikely to switch from his preferred September date.
While the bout may not happen this year, Khan can take solace from the comments of Golden Boy Promotions chief executive officer Richard Schaefer, who promotes both fighters.
"There are a lot of big fights at 147 which Amir could be in but his dream is to fight Mayweather and I'm going to try whatever I can to make his dream come true," he said.