Amir Khan has taken a leaf out of Floyd Mayweather’s book and named dropped none other than Conor McGregor.
Mayweather and the UFC featherweight world champion enjoyed verbal sparring earlier in the year in what looked more like a publicity stunt than actual intent to fight.
Now Khan seems to have followed suit. The British fighter, who holds wins over Oisin Fagan and Paul McCloskey, says it’s in his ‘blood to fight’ and claims he would change code and take up mixed martial arts.
If he was to do so he says McGregor, a former Crumlin BC amateur would be first on his hit list.
“Something like that would be massive. Even if I started to train MMA next year, I’d only be 30 years old. I could stop and train for a full year and become a good MMA fighter,” he said.
“It’s in our blood to fight. I’ve been fighting all my life, so for me, I don’t think it’d be a problem for me to learn and switch over to the sport,” he added before name dropping McGregor.
“It just depends on the weight category,” Khan added.
“But look, as a fighter, that’s a fight I would take. McGregor is a massive name in MMA, and I’m a big name in boxing, so globally, I think it would be a massive fight. Sometimes, you have to put friendship aside and you have to take it in the cage or in the ring. But yeah, if that fight comes up to me, I’m not one to back away from it.”
“I think McGregor has some great boxing skills.”
The chances of the bout ever materialising are slim to none, although unlike Mayweather, Khan has expressed a willingness to travel into McGregor’s MMA world.
Although he did stoke the ‘boxer beats MMA artist’ flame and thinks he has the skills to win regardless of which rules applied.
“A good boxer will always win an MMA fight. I’ve always said that. A good puncher will always win. You saw in the Aldo fight, he took a step back and countered him as he came in. With boxing, it’s all about distance and timing, and that’s something we have on our side more than MMA fighters.”