By Miguel Rivera
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya expects a very exciting contest when WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (46-1-1, 32KOs) defends his world title against British star Amir Khan (31-3, 19KOs) on May 7th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan is a big underdog in the fight. Many fans are already predicting a very fast knockout win for Canelo. Khan is moving up by eight pounds to face Canelo at a catch-weight of 155-pounds.
De La Hoya is not overlooking the danger that Khan presents. He remembers how fans labeled him as a huge favorite when he made Manny Pacquiao move up by two weight divisions (12-pounds) to face him at welterweight in 2008. The unthinkable happened. Pacquiao became a crossover superstar when he dominated and stopped De La Hoya in eight.
Based on his personal experience, he warns that nobody should overlook Khan so quickly.
"The first thing that comes to mind is when I fought Pacquiao. Everyone said that it was going to be easy fight for me. Pacquiao was very small, and obviously we know what happened - he won easy," said De la Hoya to ESPN Deportes.
"Amir Khan is fast, tall and a big fighter. Amir Khan has never been in a boring fight in his life. He comes to fight, he is a warrior. Canelo is strong, but the speed is going to help, and he's going to give a great show to the people."
"The hardest thing [for Canelo] is going to be the speed and experience of Amir Khan, who is a fighter with a lot of heart. We saw that against Maidana. Mayweather didn't want to fight Khan. Amir is really fast and he can make things complicated for Canelo in the same way exact way that Pacquiao did to me."