Khan: I’m just too smart and too fast for Alvarez
Briton confident of beating Canelo but won’t fight Mayweather
Amir Khan believes that brain and not brawn will help him overcome Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and pull off a major shock in Las Vegas on May 7.
The 29-year-old is seen as a huge underdog having moved up two weight divisions to face WBC middleweight champion Alvarez.
The Mexican has lost just one of his previous 48 professional bouts but Khan is confident that he can inflict a second defeat on the heavyhanded middleweight.
“It’s the strongest I’ve been for any fight, having that little bit of extra weight can only give me that extra advantage in getting power but the speed is still there,” said Khan.
“This fight will be more mental. I have to win it with my brains. I can’t let my courage take over because it could get me in trouble, it has in the past, but I’m much smarter and wiser now. “I used to get involved in tear-ups and take plenty of risks, like I did against Marcos Maidana but I haven’t left myself open in my last few fights and relied on my skills to beat Chris Algieri, Devon Alexander and Luis Collazo on points. “And that’s how I see this fight going. I will be too smart and too fast for him. The more videos I see of Canelo the more confident I am I will win this fight and become middleweight world champion.” However, Khan stressed that even if he is victorious he is unlikely to step in the ring with Floyd Mayweather, who has hinted in recent days that he could be tempted to return to the ring for a “ninefigure” purse.
Khan added: “Do I want to fight Floyd Mayweather with all the messing around he’s given me?
“He messed me around a lot so I don’t think I’d take that fight. He messed me around, so I’d probably treat him the same way.
“Floyd’s probably missing not having his picture on the MGM. He must see my picture and Canelo’s picture and think, ‘People have forgotten about me’. As soon as you say you’re retired, we do forget about the people who say that.
“Mayweather’s feeling that now, he’s feeling like no one’s talking about him, that he’s old news, and maybe that’s why he’s trying to get everyone supporting him.”