David Haye believes that should Amir Khan be selected to face Mayweather on May 3rd, the Bolton fighter could give Floyd many problems. The former WBA heavyweight champion feels the fellow Brit has the tools to hand Mayweather his first pro defeat, the 33-year-old sees Khan as potentially being known as ‘the man who beat Mayweather’.
Khan’s speed will be key should Mayweather choose to fight Amir, Floyd ran poll on his website Mayweather Promotions to determine who should face the undefeated American with Khan receiving more votes than Marcos Maidana.
Haye told talkSPORT that he believes Khan has what it takes to battle the 45-0 fighter to the wire, insisting the 27-year-old’s speed may be key to winning this battle.
“Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter I’ve ever seen, he is mesmerising,” Haye told Drivetime.
“If anyone is going to have any success against Mayweather, he has to be fast. He needs fast hands and fast feet.
“You can’t go at Mayweather and try to out-slug him, people have tried and every single one has failed.
“The key is to have the speed, and more than that to maintain that speed throughout the fight.
“And if Amir is in the condition he’s currently in – he’s rock solid, he looks fantastic – then I definitely think he has a shot – he has more of a shot than anyone else in the past.
“Mayweather does look unbeatable, but anything can happen in boxing.
“Many fighters have looked unbeatable in the past and all it takes is for that one man to be overlooked, and everybody is going to overlook Amir Khan. That’s when you get those occasional upsets.
“If Amir wins this fight he could go down as one of the all-time greats. If you can beat an all-time great your name will always be mentioned throughout boxing history.
“This is his great opportunity.”