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Khan: Floyd Mayweather's experience will be the difference in Maidana bout


See bag, hit bag: Floyd Mayweather in training for Marcos Maidana fight Photo: REUTERS

See bag, hit bag: Floyd Mayweather in training for Marcos Maidana fight Photo: REUTERS

See bag, hit bag: Floyd Mayweather in training for Marcos Maidana fight Photo: REUTERS

Floyd Mayweather will be a lot more self-assured when he steps in the ring with Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana for a second time, according to British welterweight Amir Khan.

The pound-for-pound king will attempt to stretch his remarkable record to 47 wins from as many bouts in his re-match with Maidana in a historic fight that will see three belts in two weight classes up for grabs.

Mayweather was given one of his sternest tests of his excellent career in their first encounter in May, but weathered an early storm before coming on strong down the stretch to record a majority points decision victory.

And Khan, who has been linked as a possible opponent for Mayweather in 2015, believes having that experience will prove crucial second time around.

"The first fight surprised a lot of people, no one expected Floyd to be in such a tough fight with Maidana. Maidana did himself a lot of credit in that fight and gave Floyd problems that not many people expected to see," said Khan, who has resolved his visa issues to be ringside for the fight.

"Nevertheless, I think this fight, Floyd will be a lot more composed and will know what he's getting when he faces Maidana. The thing with Maidana is he tends to throw shots from weird angles and it can take you out of your stride at first.

"Having shared the ring with him now, I think Floyd is going to be smart, box from the outside and maybe leave Maidana chasing his shadow."

Mayweather, who will put his WBC and WBA welterweight titles as well as his WBC light-middleweight crown on the line in Las Vegas on Saturday, announced earlier this week he intends to complete his landmark television deal with American broadcasters Showtime, which has two fights left to run after the Maidana bout, before retiring.

Khan, who has been tipped by several fighters and trainers as the one person capable of beating Mayweather, would relish the opportunity to step foot in the ring with the 37-year-old, having seen a potential clash slip through his fingers earlier this year.

"It's a fight that many want to see happen just because our styles would make a very interesting clash. If I keep winning then I think it's a fight that could definitely happen in the future. Floyd has said the same thing to me in the past," added Khan.

"If it makes sense for both sides then it will be a fight that could happen."

For now, Mayweather's sole focus is on the task at hand - despite a complicated build-up that has seen him hit by a lawsuit by his former fiance over allegations of physical and emotional abuse as well as a bizarre feud with former friend 50 Cent, the rapper, who accused the boxer of being illiterate.

Mayweather has been coy on both issues but intends to get back to what he does best on Saturday.

"It's all about excitement. Saturday is about giving the fans what they want to see," he said.

"I'm pretty sure Maidana is going for the knockout. I'm going for the knockout so this is going to be an amazing show. I have a brilliant game plan and we'll see how it plays out Saturday."

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