Alvarez vs Khan Predictions: ‘Canelo’ Is Tougher Opponent Than Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Says Briton

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Amir Khan will be facing the biggest challenge of his career when he collides with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Khan, who owns a 31-3 record with 19 knockout victories, said in an interview with BoxNation that Alvarez is a tougher opponent than retired boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

The 29-year-old former world champion wanted to get a shot at Mayweather and Pacquiao, but both world champions opted to face different opponents, leaving Khan with no other choice but to look for another foe.

Khan secured a big bout against Canelo but had to agree to a catchweight of 155 pounds. The British boxing superstar will be fighting over 147 pounds for the first time in his career, while Alvarez has been very comfortable at 155 pounds.

The Bolton, England native recognized Canelo’s size advantage over him, which is the main reason why he thinks the reigning World Boxing Council middleweight champion is a tougher foe than Mayweather and Pacquiao.

“This is a tougher fight than against a Mayweather or Pacquiao because of the size difference but I love that sort of challenge – it’s why I’m in boxing,” Khan said via BoxingScene. “I’m going in there to give everything and to prove that this is where I belong.”

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Khan, who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Chris Algieri, is also aware that most fans and boxing analysts are already counting him out. He said he understands why the odds are stacked against him, but he vowed to be at his best and expressed confidence he can pull off a huge upset in their title fight.

“Canelo is a great champion, in his prime, very skilled and I will need to be at my very best to beat him,” Khan continued. “In most people’s eyes I’m seen as the underdog for this fight but I know deep down that I can win it. I’m ready to go and prove myself on this stage.”

Alvarez, who has a 46-1-1 record with 32 knockout victories, will be defending his WBC middleweight title for the first time after winning the belt via a unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto in November last year.