By Edward Chaykovsky
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya credits Amir Khan (30-3, 19KOs) with having the fastest hands in the division, and says he is much faster than Floyd Mayweather Jr. and even Manny Pacquiao.
Top Rank is trying to get Mayweather in the ring with Manny Pacquiao. And De La Hoya doing his best to get Mayweather in the ring with Khan.
Khan put his speed to test on December 13th, when he dominated Devon Alexander over twelve rounds. Alexander, known as a faster fighter who troubles his opponents with quick punchers, looked slow against Khan.
Pacquiao's hand speed made him a terror and some see his speed as an advantage against Mayweather. De La Hoya says Khan is much faster than Pacquiao and stylistically would give Mayweather even more problems.
"I would have to say Amir Khan [is faster than Pacquiao], at this stage of their careers...Amir Khan [is faster], by far probably. Amir Khan is only 28-years-old I believe. He is just hitting his peak right now as a fighter. He just moved up to welterweight and he is just settling down," De La Hoya said. "One thing about Amir, he also has fast footwork."