Roach: Pacquiao vs Khan could happen
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Freddie Roach said that it is possible for Manny Pacquiao to fight his former training partner Amir Khan before the Filipino retires.
Roach said the two used to be sparring partners and that a bout between them is feasible now that Khan trains under a new coach.
"Never say never," Roach told Gareth Davies of The Telegraph.
"They sparred together quite a bit. Amir always does well in the early rounds but Manny always took charge in the second half of the fight when they sparred. But when they did spar it was fun to watch and very entertaining," added the American coach, who once trained Khan.
Roach parted ways with Khan when the latter fired the coach in 2012.
The Briton wanted exclusive training time with Roach, who is also pre-occupied with his top boxer Pacquiao. Khan now trains under Virgil Hunter.
Roach admitted that he was offended by Khan’s supposed reasons for cutting ties with him.
"I never did anything bad to him in my life. I just tried to help him the whole way through. He told me if I make him No 1 above Manny Pacquiao then he'll come back to me, but then all of a sudden it's my Parkinson's slowing me down. It's all bull****. I'm better today than I was 20 years ago," said the boxing trainer.
Roach is currently busy preparing Pacquiao for his rematch against Timothy Bradley.
If ever the boxing promoters arrange a welterweight clash between Pacquiao and Khan, he said that it should take place in the US.
"I'm not so sure it would be in England, even though Manny loves the place. He would want a truck load of money to fight there. It would most likely be in the US, if it ever happened," said Roach.