Former junior welterweight king Ricky Hatton has warned Amir Khan to avoid Floyd Mayweather at all costs.
Khan has been calling Mayweather out for close to a year and with Floyd looking for an opponent for his May 5th date in Las Vegas, Khan’s name has been floated.
But Hatton, who was stopped by Floyd in 2007, feels the fight would be coming way too early for Khan.
Instead he feels the Bolton boxer should focus on a rematch with Lamont Peterson.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Hatton said:
“I think a Mayweather fight would be too soon for Amir. He is just coming off a defeat and does he really want to fight the number one fighter right now or later this year?
“I think Amir needs another two or three fights to get himself re-established and get his confidence back. Then maybe he’ll fight the winner of Mayweather-Pacquiao next year.
“If Amir could put in a good performance against Peterson he will improve his position when he sits down at the negotiating table.
“Plus Mayweather and Pacquiao will then have more miles on the clock and Amir can come in and pick up the pieces.
“I think Amir deserves a rematch with Peterson because there seems to be something going on with the judges’ scorecards and no one should be allowed near the judges.
“But it was a good fight anyway, so let them fight again.
“You can’t take anything away from Peterson and I think the fight was too close to call – it could have gone either way – even with the points taken off Amir.
“If Amir can’t get Peterson, maybe he’ll go for Tim Bradley, fight for his old WBA title or move up to welterweight – but don’t go near Mayweather for the next 12 months.”
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