By Edward Chaykovsky
Former two-division world champion David Haye is giving his countryman, Amir Khan, a good shot to pull off a major upset over WBC 147-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Khan is the likely opponent for Mayweather on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Haye gives Khan a better shot to beat Mayweather than any other opponent who faced the pound-for-pound king in the past, because of the British boxer's rapid hand and foot speed.
“Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter I’ve ever seen, he is mesmerising,” Haye told Talk Sport's 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."