Roach says Khan has “greater potential” than Pacquiao
By Chris Williams: This may be upsetting news for Manny Pacquiao fans, but his trainer Freddie Roach thinks Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) has a chance to be better than Pacquiao in the future. Wow! That’s kind of a shock, because Khan is seen as a protected fighter and a product of hype by many fans. What does that say about Pacquiao if Roach thinks Khan is going to be better than him in the future?
Roach had this to say about Khan in an article at Sky Sports: “I think Amir has greater potential than Manny Pacquiao. He has a lot of the same assets, great speed, the same worth ethic, discipline. He has all the tools to be a multi-weight world champion. He is getting bigger and stronger and it won’t be long before he’s a welterweight. Once we’ve cleaned up at 140 pounds and unified those titles, he’ll [Khan] be more than ready to move up.”
Khan faces a major test this Saturday night against Marcos Maidana, one of the hardest punchers in the division. Khan has to pass this test to realize part of Roach’s dream of Khan being better than Pacquiao. I don’t know what to think. I’m not impressed with Pacquiao, and think he lost both fights to Juan Manuel Marquez. And I don’t think Pacquiao could beat a good welterweight like Floyd Mayweather Jr. nor do I think Pacquiao could beat a real junior middleweight like Alredo Angulo, James Kirkland and Sergiy Dzinziruk. And I especially don’t think Pacquiao could beat a fighter like Sergio Martinez. So, I guess Roach is right about Khan being a better fighter than Pacquiao real soon, even though I don’t think Khan is even close to being the best fighter in the light welterweight division.
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