Amir Khan Can Trouble Floyd Mayweather Jnr Says Former Foe Paulie Malignaggi
Amir Khan has the style to trouble Floyd Mayweather Junior if they ever meet, claims his rival Paul Malignaggi.
Malignaggi backs Khan to beat Devon Alexander at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday and put himself next in line to fight Mayweather.
The two-weight world champ, who lost to Khan in May 2010, says the Bolton fighter has the speed and technique to turn the tables on Mayweather.
“If Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao do not fight each other, then the winner of Khan and Alexander will put themselves in a position to be the next opponent of Floyd Mayweather,” said Malignaggi.
Getty ImagesBig night: Amir Khan could be in line for a fight against Floyd “Money” Mayweather
“I do fancy Khan in the fight. He has shown he knows how to win rounds as well as anyone in boxing. He has that advantage over Devon Alexander and could quite possibly have the advantage over Floyd Mayweather.
“I do think a lot of Mayweather”s opponents come in trying to take off his head instead of trying to win rounds. Mayweather doesn”t come in trying to take your head off. He comes in and tries to win rounds and put you behind the eight ball, making you panic.
“Amir is a different proposition and he comes in doing the same thing. It would be about who is better at winning rounds. I think Mayweather has a more complete style than Amir Khan.
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“He has A to Z, Amir may only have from A to G, but it”s still a very tough arsenal to deal with and if you want to win rounds, Amir is one of the hardest guys to win rounds against.
“It”s a tough puzzle to solve. I”d love to see it, but let”s first see how he does against Devon Alexander.
“I expect Amir to come out looking spectacular against a great opponent. If he beats Devon Alexander, not only is it a great win against a solid name, he gets that momentum towards a Floyd Mayweather fight.”
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Malignaggi is much loved in Britain because of his fights with Khan and Ricky Hatton, although he still cringes at the memory of his first appearance in the UK when he fought Lovemore Ndou in front of 55,000 people at the City of Manchester Stadium in 2008.
He wore hair extensions for his big night on the undercard of Hatton v Juan Lazcano and had to have them cut off mid-fight because they were getting in his eyes.
The popular Brooklyn fighter hopes his next trip to Manchester on January 31 for a Vegas Fight Night at Event City will be less hair-raising.
Malignaggi will be one of the chief guests at the black-tie event organised by James Lindemann, which will try to transplant the atmosphere from a big fight on The Strip to Manchester by combining boxing, with live music, stage shows and celebrities.
“I”ve got a lot of notoriety in Manchester between that hair fight and my fight with Ricky Hatton,” he said.
“To have an opportunity to come back and be part of Vegas Fight Night shows the appreciation the fans have for me and I”m really grateful for that.
“Vegas Fight Night is about bringing that kind of atmosphere over to Manchester and giving the fans a taste of what it”s like at a big Vegas fight between the girls, the cameras, the lights, the celebrities.
“I look forward to being there and mingling with the fans in the UK.”
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