Amir Khan wades in on the Floyd Mayweather MMA debate, talks own future

Amir Khan has aired his views on the possibility of Floyd Mayweather making the switch to MMA in a bid to rematch Conor McGregor.

The Briton, who famously missed out on fighting Mayweather TWICE before ‘Money’ retired from boxing in August 2017, reacted to consistent rumours the ex-pound for pound king will fight inside an octagon.

“I don’t think [Mayweather] will ever step in the cage. MMA is a very difficult sport, you need to have a lot of strength and takedowns and I just don’t think a boxer is just gonna have all the tools to fight someone in an MMA cage, it’s gonna be really difficult,” Khan told Sky Sports.

“I’ve been seeing Mayweather talking about and taking a lot of videos and pictures inside the MMA cage, but I just can’t see that ever happening. I can’t see him ever stepping in with someone in the MMA cage.”

Regarding his own career and following comments by former Mayweather opponent Ricky Hatton that he maybe should think about retirement, Khan added: “If I stop now I’ve still had a great career.

“I’ve won world titles, the WBA ‘Super’, the WBA and the IBF, but I want to do it because I love the sport.

“I know there is more left in me. I can call it a day and do something else but I love the sport so much, and I know I can do a little bit more,” he said.

As Mayweather fuels the prospect of swapping boxing gloves for open-fingered type, McGregor has since accused his old rival of backing out of negotiations.

In a cryptic message on Instagram, McGregor said: “I am happy for Floyd and his recent announcement that he is out of these current fight negotiations. It is the reason I never sought the rematch in the first place. I was happy for him in retirement.

“My game is a very unforgiving one. It is not like other games. I understand completely him staying retired. I will now carry on in my negotiations and see where it goes.

“Have a great retirement Junior. Now come here and give your old man a hug for old times sake. I’m proud of you son. Yours truly, Senior.”