ByJoshua Molina, writer at Creators.co
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Joshua Molina

Boxer Amir Khan said Floyd Mayweather Jr. would never fight Conor McGregor in the Octagon, because Mayweather "backs out" of real fights, but Khan said he would have no problem testing his skills in the UFC.

"I'm a little different in that sense, where I would get into a cage and I would fight in MMA rules, so that's the difference between me and Mayweather," Khan told FloCombat. "I would definitely give it a go. It's something to learn, as well. I'm at that age where I'm still learning, adapting and getting better. So I still have time under me as well. I'm still a young lad and got loads left in me."

Khan, 29, won a Silver Medal for England in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Khan, 31-4, is a former two-time world champion.

Khan said Mayweather would never step inside the cage.

"I don't think Mayweather would ever take it," Khan said. "When Mayweather knows he's in a real fight, he just backs out of it. It was good hype while it lasted but I knew it was never going to happen. If it did happen, it would be the biggest fight ever."

Khan said fighting in the Octagon would be good for Mayweather's pocket book, but not his face.

"It would've been a great business move, but I don't think it would've been a good fight," Khan said. "I don't think Mayweather would want to fight under MMA rules. I look at it more as a publicity stunt. People were talking about it. It worked while it lasted, and they brought the hype up."

(image courtesy mmaweekly.com)