De La Hoya: Khan is Right Behind Mayweather, Pacquiao

Boxing promoter Oscar de La Hoya insists Amir Khan will be the world's best pound-for-pound boxer in the future.

The former 10-time world title holder over six different weight classes believes Khan has the makings of a world champion and backs the Briton to overtake the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao as the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.

De La Hoya said: "Amir's definitely up there in pound-for-pound terms. You can make that argument for him to become the best fighter in the world.

"We know Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are on top at the moment, but Amir is right on their backs.

"With time, he can catch them. He's a young fighter and he's learning at a rapid pace.

"In every single fight, we have seen him get better. He can become the best."

Khan is currently in America gearing up for a fight against Lamont Peterson this Saturday and de La Hoya, who is promoting the fight, has warned the 24-year-old that he could face a tough outing in Washington, but still expected him to win.

"Peterson is very dangerous and fighting in his home town will be an extra motivation for him," added De La Hoya.

"Amir's the best out there at 140 pounds. He fought and beat Marcos Maidana who everybody thought would knock Amir out.

"But Amir showed he is the best in the division. He has a tremendous chin and heart to prove he is the best at 140."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GrandpaBernard on 12-21-2011

sure he is Oscar that's why you can't even have him placed in the top 10 ATG for the rankings of the magazine that you own

Comment by tennishero on 12-21-2011

beat timmy and pertson then khan WILL BEAT MAYWEATHER

Comment by treason1 on 12-21-2011

lol delahoya is a funny guy !!!!!!!

Comment by FoxingFan2010 on 12-07-2011

In the Prescott fight the guy got caught--that can happen to anybody. But Khan's a good boxer man; he doesn't really get frustrated in the ring, always keeps his composure. Is he on Pac and Mayweather's level? I don't think…

Comment by -Kev- on 12-06-2011

[QUOTE=QUELOQUE;11526679]He isn't in the Top 10 P4P for Ring Magazine... but I find it hard to not include him in the discussion. Compare his resume and boxing ability to others on the list and you could easily argue a deserved…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (42)
Top Headlines Parker: Joshua Disrespected Press From New Zealand, Samoa Photos: Tyron Zeuge, Isaac Ekpo Ready For Rematch Clash Whyte: This is My Time To Shine, Browne is Good Name To Beat Saunders To Sanchez: Golovkin is My Backup Plan, I'm Not Yours! Parker: I Just Want To Get in There and Bash Anthony Joshua! Mikey Garcia to Keep IBF 140-Pound Title, Baranchyk Bout Ordered Michael Conlan Added To Lomachenko vs. Linares at MSG Photos: Joseph Parker Putting in Work For Anthony Joshua Clash Giyasov, Akhmadaliev, Ahmedov Back on April 21 Holyfield Card Photos: Buglioni-Johnson, Ritson-Cardle, Chisora - Weigh-In Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne - Ready For War in London Trainer Expects Career Best Performance From Gervonta Davis Espinoza Explains Making Lara-Hurd Over Lara-Charlo, Hurd-Charlo Sanchez Not Worried if Canelo Falls Out, Saunders is Backup Frank Warren on Billy Joe Saunders' Injury, Frampton-Donaire Liam: When I Beat Ali For WBO Belt - Khan, Brook Will Want Me Life on The Road - Do You Get a Fair Shake? Hearn Dares Team Parker: Make Your Claims To Joshua's Face! Parker Feels Boost From Deontay Wilder's Encouraging Words Avni Yildirm Arrives To Help Canelo Prepare For Golovkin Jeff Horn Helping Hogan Prepare For WBO Eliminator With Kelly Video: Hearn on Dana White Aiming To Sign Anthony Joshua Floyd Mayweather in MMA - Not Betting Against It Sanchez Questions 'Meat' - Says Golovkin Wants To Punish Canelo Ryan Garcia To Return on Canelo-Golovkin Card After KO Win Jose Ramirez Must Fight Regis Prograis, Says WBC Prez Team Estrada Hope To Get Sor Rungvisai Rematch in The Fall NSAC On Golovkin's Claims: No Favoritism For Canelo in Vegas Jerwin Ancajas vs. Jonas Sultan May Land in Bay Area or LA Ruben Villa, LaRon Mitchell Return To Action on April 14 Erislandy Lara: If Hurd Gets Reckless, He'll Get Knocked Out! Michael Grant vs. Michael Sprott Set Down For MBS Arena Max Ornelas vs. Tony Lopez on April 20 in Vegas, BeIN Sports Paul Spadafora Pleads Guilty To Resisting Arrest, Simple Assault Magdaleno vs. Dogboe Event Set, Undercard Details Revealed Pedraza Targets Lozada Revenge Clash, Arum Likes The Fight Haye Admits: I Thought There Was No Way Bellew Could Win Golovkin To Present Trophy at $1 million Santa Anita Derby Joshua: Hopefully I Can Get Parker Out of There Between 6 and 8 Canelo Vows To Kick Golovkin's 'F***ing Ass' For PED Comments

Latest Active Forum Threads