While the boxing community awaits the announcement of Floyd Mayweather's next opponent, Ricky Hatton has a warning for boxing's pound-for-pound king.
As far as Hatton is concerned, Amir Khan (28-3-0, 19 KOs) has the necessary skills to cause problems for Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs) if the two end up squaring up in May.
"I do give Khan a chance. I know a lot of people won't share my enthusiasm, and he will be the underdog, there's no getting away from that and I think Amir would admit that, but styles make fights," Hatton said during a recent interview.
"If Amir could swallow his pride for one fight and use his hand speed and his boxing ability and let Floyd try to jump all over him, he's probably the only man who can match Floyd for skill. Mayweather likes to sit back and use his defense; he can shoulder roll and all that, but his style is harder [to get right] when he's on the front foot. Amir has got the style to give him big headaches."
While casual boxing fans might smirk at Hatton's comments, you'll have a hard time finding hardcore fans who aren't somewhat intrigued by the idea of a Mayweather vs. Khan showdown. Sure, Amir has had his share of struggles lately, losing two of his last four fights, but he's still one of the most technically skilled boxers around right now.
Khan has a solid understanding of the intricacies of the sweet science, and if he didn't let his ego get the best of him during his 2012 bout against Danny Garcia, he likely would have handed "Swift" his first loss as a professional inside the squared circle. After all, Khan was getting the better of the exchanges prior to getting hurt.
The same can be said about Khan's bout against Lamont Peterson, where a couple of point deductions for repeatedly pushing his opponent ended up costing the Brit the fight. The type of mistakes composed fighters rarely ever make.
Whether Khan gets the next crack at Mayweather remains to be seen.
Marcos Maidana (35-3-0, 31 KOs) is also a potential opponent for Floyd's next fight, and there's a decent case to be made for him as well. The Argentine is coming off one of the most impressive performances of his career, handing Adrien Broner his first loss as a professional last December.