Roach: Both my fighters can beat Mayweather
MANILA, Philippines – Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach is confident that both of his prized pupils, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, are capable of ending the undefeated streak of WBC welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Roach knows that Khan is gearing up for a possible fight against Mayweather in 2012, according to BoxingScene.com.
“I know there has been a lot of talk about another of my fighters, Amir, fighting Mayweather,” he said.
But Roach says they will have to get past Lamont Peterson, the mandatory challenger to Khan’s junior welterweight title, on December 10.
“But after Peterson, we will go after Mayweather. I love that fight, though I was hoping that Manny would get there first,” Roach admitted. “But I know both my fighters can beat him so I have no worries.”
Roach has a 0-1 record against Mayweather, having been Oscar de la Hoya’s trainer when the “Golden Boy” lost to Mayweather via a close split decision in 2007.
Roach will again be training Pacquiao and Khan for their upcoming title fights, with Pacquiao preparing for his trilogy bout against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez and Khan preparing for his title defense against Peterson.
The trainer’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California will thus be full of boxers starting this week, as Roach is also training Jorge Linares and WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“I’m going to break the times up a little bit. I can work Chavez Jr and Amir together because they get along so well,” he told RingTV.com. “And Manny will get the full attention that he deserves.”