Courtesy of The Daily Star
RICKY HATTON reckons Amir Khan CAN become the first man on the planet to beat Floyd Mayweather.
A megabucks clash in May between Khan and the world's best pound-for-pound fighter is now on the cards with talks underway.
No-one has come close to beating Mayweather in his 45 fights.
However, former two-weight world champion Hatton is convinced that Khan can push the American all the way.
Speed Hatton said: "Amir has the style that could cause Floyd problems and give him a real headache.
"You would get good odds on Amir winning and he would definitely be worth a punt."
Hatton, 35, says the fiv edivision world champion can be beaten by Khan.
The 26-year-old Bolton bruiser is 10 years younger than Mayweather and has won 28 of his 31 contests.
"Amir is probably the only one around who can match him for speed," said Hatton, who lost to Mayweather in August 2007.
"Floyd can attack but he prefers to defend and sit on the ropes. Staying low is his trademark.
"I can't remember too many fights when he has had to go on the front foot and attack.
"Amir loves to get involved in wars and that's why we all love to watch him, but he cannot let his heart rule his head and go steaming in.
"If he's on the back foot, he can make Floyd the hunter, rather than jumping down his throat like I did.
"Mayweather is used to people flying at him like I did, like Miguel Cotto did and like Juan Manuel Marquez did. That's what he likes. We all lost to him because of our approach. It meant he could sit back and roll his shoulder and use his defence.
"But I wonder what it would be like if he had to go on the front foot, cut the ring down and attack an opponent like Khan.
"Let's just see what Mayweather is like if he has to go on the front foot, stalk Amir around and cut the ring down.
"I just wonder what would happen if Amir makes him come out. If he can jab, jab and put together four or five-punch combinations, he could give Floyd a real headache. Amir deserves his shot against Floyd. It is a career-defining fight and would be his biggest payday, so he's definitely got to go for it.
"He doesn't need money, he needs a challenge - and you cannot get bigger than Floyd.
I don't think there will be many people who would pick him to win, and he'd be the first to admit that.
"But there is so much to admire about Amir. He is still aiming for the top, which is why he wants Floyd."Tags: Amir Khan , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Ricky Hatton , Mayweather-Khan , Mayweather vs Khan