Amir Khan: "I Still Feel I’m Better Than Garcia, Thurman And Pacquiao"

So, about Amir Khan apparently being better than Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Manny Pacquiao.

He's not.

Khan, 32, has enjoyed a superb amateur and professional boxing career. He won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, aged just 17.

The Bolton-fighter then went on to become a unified world champion. However, lets be honest, he's no longer a top, top fighter.

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Image: PA

Khan has endured plenty of damage during his illustrious career and suffered some gnarly knockouts along the way, but he's refused to call time on his profession.

"It never really crossed my mind," he said when asked about retirement following his latest defeat to Terrence Crawford in April.

"In the fight I was still there. He was technically a very good fighter and I did find it quite hard to get to him."

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Image: PA

Losing to Crawford isn't a disgrace. The guy is one of the best pound-for-pound boxers.

But Khan is a tad delusional if he really thinks he's better than the rest of the welterweight crop.

"But I still think, maybe not against a Crawford ... but I still feel I'm better than the guys like Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. Those fights could be big still," he added.

Khan, who has fought the likes of 'Canelo', Marcos Maidana and Devon Alexander, wants a few more fights before retirement.

"I still have it in me. I still love the sport and I still work hard. I still feel like I'm up there. Mentally I'm quite strong and I know I'll always come back from defeats. I've been knocked out, come back and become world champion again. I'm sure I can do it again.

"I'm still enjoying it, I'm still like a kid in a sweetie shop when I'm in the gym.

"I always said I want to leave the sport the way I walked in. I don't want to stay in the game for too long, I want to enjoy my youth with my family.

"I'm only 32, although this is the last chapter of my career. I want to fight maybe one or two more times and then maybe call it a day. It just depends what's out there for me."

Khan's enthusiasm for the sport is evident as he eyes up a return later this year.

Who do you want to see him fight next? Let us know.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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