AMIR KHAN IS WORRIED that he is about to frighten off the world's number one fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
'King' Khan returns to BoxNation on Friday when he meets Chris Algieri over 12 rounds at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Khan, 28, was in brilliant form last year, thrashing top operators Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander on points.
The Briton is confident that he will finally land a dream fight against Mayweather in September, but wonders what Mayweather will be thinking when he watches at home in Las Vegas.
Concerned Khan told BoxNation, "Mayweather could fight someone else for the same kind of money as he will get for boxing me.
"Even if my performance against Algieri is good he might say to himself, 'do I need this fight? It is my last fight, why should I make it a hard fight? I get paid regardless'.
"Sometimes you can scare opponents off, but I can't even think of Mayweather. All my focus is on Algieri."
Despite voicing his fears, Khan is treating the crunch 12 rounder against Algieri as an audition for the Mayweather showdown.
Bolton's welterweight star has promised that he will show Britain's Got Talent in the boxing ring against Algieri.
The welterweight star believes that will finally land Mayweather in September, but must impress New York fans.
He said, "I know interest in a Mayweather fight is there but I have to get past Algieri.
"If it is a bad performance against Algieri then I don't think it can happen, but if it's very good it has to happen.
"That is why this fight is so important and I have to look good.
"I have the same team as Floyd and they have most probably thought leave Amir until after this fight and then we can sit down and talk."
Khan has sparred 250 rounds at trainer Virgil Hunter's gym in Oakland on the outskirts of San Francisco, so he cannot be accused of taking the New Yorker lightly.
Algieri showed braveheart courage when he beat Russian hardnut Ruslan Provodnikov last June and then lasted 12 rounds against Manny Pacquiao in November.
The 31-year-old was floored six times before losing on points to Filipino Pacman, the New Yorker's only setback in 21 professional battles.
"He is a very tricky opponent, but he couldn't handle Manny's southpaw style, quick feet and quick hands," says Khan.
"We have different styles, but mine will give him problems. He has never faced anyone like me when it comes to explosiveness, speed, movement, height, reach and power.
"Manny put him down six times, but if I see him hurt, then I will put him away."
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