London, September 15: British Muslim world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has called American rival Floyd Mayweather a ‘chicken’ as Mayweather has repeatedly backed off from fighting him.
Khan has been trying his best to persuade Mayweather for a face off but for reasons unknown Mayweather has been avoiding it for sometime.
Khan will be defending his WBA and IBF world titles in December against Lamont Petersen but is anxious to fight Mayweather, who at one point of time also avoided Manny Pacquiao.
So much so that Khan has been quoted calling Mayweather a ‘chicken’. “All Floyd does is pick fights that he knows he will win. I thought world championship boxing was about proving who is the best but if he keeps turning his back on me how can he still say he is the best?”, he added.
He further said, “I will fight anyone put in front of me but there seems to be a lot of boxers who talk a good fight but when push comes to shove they won’t get in the ring with me.”
Although Mayweather will be facing WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas on Saturday, it seems very unlikely that he would face Khan anytime soon.
This will be Mayweather’s 40 straight unbeaten bout. (ANI)