By Chris Robinson
When it comes to the fighting Mayweather family, former IBO junior lightweight champion and present-day trainer Jeff may be considered the most mild-mannered of the bunch, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t without his moments of outspokenness.
When it comes to former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan, I have always noticed Mayweather not being overly-impressed by the British star.
This past weekend saw Khan lose his WBA and IBF titles in a firefight with determined challenger Lamont Peterson in Washington, D.C. After twelve spirited rounds, Peterson walked away with a split-decision verdict in his hometown and a rematch between the two pugilists seems to be on the horizon.
Taking in the action, Mayweather feels the fight was almost too close to call, yet doesn’t point blame to referee Joe Cooper, who took some heat for the manner in which he deducted two points from Khan for pushing off on Peterson.
“I thought the fight was close. The fight could have went either way, just like it did,” stated Jeff. “It’s a fight that either guy could have won, it just so happened that [Peterson] won. Of course people are going to say it was home cooking but Amir Khan wasn’t doing nothing but running.”
Khan’s stock was at an all-time high coming off of his July stoppage over former champ Zab Judah yet there was never a time that Mayweather seemed to be swayed by the 25-year old.
“I’ve always said he was overrated,” Mayweather continued. “He’s a glorified amateur. He fights just like an amateur. I’ve never been taken back by him. He has exceptional hand speed and he showed tremendous heart against [Marcos] Maidana.”
Khan had expressed serious interest in a fight with Jeff’s nephew Floyd Mayweather Jr. but such a proposition is far from reality given his latest setback. Even before the Peterson melee, Jeff was never convinced that Khan had much going for him if faced against Junior.
“He wouldn’t have a chance against Floyd. He’s a guy that has fast hands and that’s it. There’s nothing special about him other than his hand speed,” Mayweather added.
But that doesn’t mean that Mayweather has completely written Khan off.
It’s not much of a compliment to Khan as it is a rip at the welterweight division in general, that Jeff feels he could have success with an eventual move up in weight.
“I wouldn’t say that,” Mayweather said. “There’s a lot of weak opposition at 147 too, but the thing is that when you start talking about Floyd, then you’re starting to talk about something completely different. He might fight some of these other guys but he has no chance at all against Floyd.”
Mayweather is currently in Las Vegas investing himself towards WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero, as they prepare for a dangerous December 31st assignment in Kanagawa, Japan against Satoshi Hosono. Mayweather and Caballero break camp and head overseas on December 19th.
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