Aamir Khan Admits To Being ‘Too Brave For His Good’ By Fighting Canelo Alvarez After Failed Talks With ‘P***y’ Floyd Mayweather.
In 2016 Khan accepted the challenge with Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya to jump two divisions and claim the WBC middleweight belt.
Khan, who was ousted by Canelo, pursued a super-fight with Mayweather two years earlier – pound-per-pound best for the time – but to no avail.
In reflection, he told iNews: “When Oscar called me I couldn’t say no. Maybe I’m too brave for my own good.
“Mayweather was ap***y and wouldn’t fight me so I said well, let’s do it.
“It was a mismatch on paper. It was really wonderful to be leading the fight. I earned his respect.
“Yes, I got knocked out but he’s one of the best Mexican fighters ever. I weighed 158 pounds on the night, he was 187.
“It was crazy. He didn’t look that big at the weigh-in but when I saw him in the corner I was wondering what am I doing here?
“I had his back. It was huge.”
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The 35-year-old Olympic silver medalist was overlooked by 44-year-old Mayweather, who instead fought 38-year-old Marcos Maidan, who was defeated by Khan in 2014.
Khan raided the undercard in his first defeat of the field for the boxing legend.
But he had no deal with either Mayweather or America’s longtime rival Manny Pacquiao, 43.
If Khan feels aversion to Mayweather, Klay Brook might feel the same way about the Bolton hero.
This meant twice that talks with Brooke, 35, broke down, before Khan lost to 31-year-old Canelo and 34-year-old Terrence Crawford.
Maybe I’m too brave for my own good. Mayweather was a ‘p***y’ and wouldn’t fight me so I said well, let’s do it.
Aamir Khan on fighting Canelo
But this February the archenemies are finally ready to fight, headlining the Manchester Arena, marking the end of years of feuding.
Khan said: “I don’t hate Kel. I’ve never really hated anyone. It’s sport. Nothing personal from my side.
“I think his feelings towards me are due to jealousy. He was overlooked because I was a better fighter in the amateurs.
“Feather [Brook’s Sheffield gym] Vinkobank they trained like professionals. But as an amateur you have to hit more punches.
“Maybe that’s why he never made it to the international team. It’s a tough business.”