British welterweight Amir Khan has suggested that Floyd Mayweather’s dominance of the sport is on the wane, judging by the evidence of his latest performance against Marcos Maidana in May.
Khan, 27, is vying for the opportunity to challenge the pound for pound king next year after just missing out to Maidana last time around, and says Mayweather looked out of sorts in gaining a majority decision over the Argentinian.
“For the first five rounds I was shocked,” Khan told The Guardian. “I’d expected Mayweather to win easily, but styles make fights.
“Maidana put so much pressure on him that Floyd didn’t have room to throw his punches.
“You have problems with Maidana if you just stand and fight. Floyd won but it wasn’t easy.
“If I had fought Floyd it might’ve been a very different story because I’m so much faster. It was a strange night because Mayweather just didn’t look himself. Maybe time is catching up with him or he had personal issues,” he added.
Mayweather and Maidana do it all again on September 13 with Khan set to be an avid viewer as the former 140lb champion lines up a fight against the winner following his own bout on December 6.
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