Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: 'Pacman' Will Knock Out Amir Khan If They Clash, Coach Justin Fortune Says
Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao can knock out the British fighter Amir Khan if they will collide next year.
The bold prediction that "King Khan" will just be put down by the Filipino icon, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, comes from none other than conditioning coach Justin Fortune, according to Boxing Scene.
"Listen, when Khan was in London with his people in London, he was good. When he went with Freddie he was much, much better. Now he's up north with Virgil Hunter. Personally I think he's a wuss. I think Manny [expletive] knocks Khan out. Khan is fast and he's strong but he can box his ass off too, but so can Manny. He was better when he was with Freddie, way better," Fortune said.
This statement from the boxing mentor carries much weight because he both experienced training Khan and Pacquiao at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in California until Khan left in 2012.
Khan's decision to go to Hunter left a bad taste in the mouth, as Roach still holds a grudge over it. The world-class trainer told Fight Hype in February that Khan wants to be his number one fighter instead of Pacquiao. When he refused, Khan brought up his Parkinson's disease as an issue, Roach said.
Khan denied these things as his reasons. In a separate report from Fight Hype, Khan stated that he just wants to have a different trainer to "learn different things and work on the defense."
According to Boxing Scene, this issue among the two may actually be the reason Roach chooses the Mexican warrior and "Pacman's" arch enemy, Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez, to be Pacman's top contender in his comeback fight rather than Khan, who for Michael Koncz, is a clear choice, a separate Boxing Scene informed.
Roach also voiced out that a Pacquiao-Khan fight will just be boring to witness, the boxing site noted. Yet, former champion Ricky Hatton, who lost to "Pacman" via a second-round knockout in 2009 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, per BoxRec, said it will be an exciting showdown because it will be like a fencing and a chess match, World Boxing News informed. Thus, the viewers will most probably be just glued to their seats anticipating the winner of the fight.
However, for Khan, he has the edge over his former stablemate.
"I've changed a lot in my style, whereas Manny Pacquiao is still the same fighter as he was, because he's always been with Freddie Roach," Khan told The MMA Hour.