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Floyd Mayweather: Amir Khan underestimates Money May's punching power

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British boxer Amir Khan (30-3, 19KOs) insists Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26KOs) is incapable of hurting him due to the latter's presumed lack of punching power.

"Mayweather throws maybe three hundred punches in a fight, I could manage that in a single round," stated the British boxing star earlier this week.

"Floyd will never hurt me. I have been knocked down in other fights but Mayweather is not the biggest puncher, not as big as Alexander."

"Our fight would be like a game of chess, hit-move. It would be about footwork and accuracy, nothing more, nothing less,"Khan said.

Many consider Khan's speed and power superior to Mayweather's and those assessments may be accurate. Moreover, Khan is a busier fighter, offensively.

Floyd's speed and agility are well-respected throughout the boxing world but what many forget, including Amir Khan perhaps, is that Mayweather is, by no means, a soft puncher.

Keep in mind, it was the much bigger Canelo Alavrez who was content to backpedal during Mayweather vs Canelo last year. Somewhere along the way, Floyd must have gotten Canelo's respect because Alvarez became awfully tentative in spots.

No, Floyd Mayweather isn't exactly Thomas Hearns in the 'Power' department but when sits on his shots, he can unleash some vile missles.

Not convinced?

Ask the rugged Ricky Hatton who was stopped by Mayweather in 2007... Ask Victor Ortiz what happens when Mayweather is given opportunities to land flush... Ask the gritty Juan Manuel Marquez who has floored and repeatedly jolted by Floyd in 2009.

Has Khan forgotten Floyd has a TKO win over the durable, steel-chinned late Arturo Gatti, albeit at jr welterweight.

Floyd can unleash heavy artillery when he chooses to sit on his shots. But typically, Mayweather doesn't plant his feet to punch for power because he's extremely nimble and can accumulate points without taking the risk of getting caught.

While Floyd does not possess the explosiveness or one-punch sizzle of a Manny Pacquiao or a welterweight version of Thomas Hearns, he's capable of rocking anybody's world and it would be wise for Khan to take heed.


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