British boxer,Amir Khan was snubbed by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the past, despite his desire to fight such quality boxers. Khan will not get a chance to fight either of the boxers now, as they have retired from the sport, but he does have an opportunity to prove his mettle against another explosive boxer -- Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez -- when the two battle it out for the WBC World Middleweight Title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, May 7.
Khan's desire to fight Mayweather and Pacquaio was widely known, and he even came close to grabbing a bout against both the boxers, but the parties failed to come to an agreement. However, Khan believes Canelo belongs to the same class of Mayweather and Pacquiao.
"It's as big as it could have been if I fought Mayweather or Pacquiao. Canelo is up there with the biggest names in boxing," Box Nation quoted Khan as saying.
Khan is an underdog in this the fight as Alvarez is one of the most powerful boxers in the circuit and has established his dominance inside the ring, winning 46 of his 48 fights. Khan's record is great as well, with 31 wins in 34 fights.
Alvarez could use his power to good effect as he has done in the past, while Khan will depend on his quick movement and swiftness to snatch the title. Khan has to be careful when Alvarez attempts his big punch.
It is not going to be an easy fight for Khan, who is moving up two weight divisions, to fight Mexican. The British boxer has admitted it will be one of the biggest challenges in his career, but he believes he has it in him to come out with a win.
"What makes it so exciting is the weight. I'm going up two weight divisions. He's a dangerous opponent, I'm going in the lion's den but I can make history," Khan said.
Khan has always been a popular boxer in the circuit, and he expects the crowd in Las Vegas to support him. Khan also feels Alvarez is favourite to win the bout, but his fans could play an important role in emerging victorious.
"They will come out in full force cheering me on. He's a huge favourite in this fight but my fans will push me so hard to get me through and win this fight," Khan said.