Khan on Pacquiao: Sometimes you have to put friendship aside

Nick Giongco 03/10/2015
Manny Pacquiao Amir Khan

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British puncher Amir Khan feels he’s got Manny Pacquiao’s number.

Khan, who logged plenty of sparring rounds with Pacquiao when he was still with Freddie Roach, is being groomed to face the Filipino in February or April next year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Based on their regular workouts together, Khan believes he got the better of those skirmishes that were held behind closed doors.

“We’ve done plenty of rounds in the ring together, sparring. No-one’s ever seen the sparring sessions, I haven’t leaked any videos,” said Khan.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is seriously looking at Khan and a handful of names, including Argentine slugger Lucas Matthysse.

“I want to fight Manny Pacquiao. Me and Manny have been friends for a long time, but sometimes you have to put friendship to one side,” Khan told the Daily Mail.

Khan is no longer with Roach and “with what I’ve learned in the last few years, I can definitely fight Manny Pacquiao, and beat Manny Pacquiao,” said the 2004 Athens Olympics silver medalist.

Pacquiao’s right rotator cuff injury that he injured during the loss to Floyd Mayweather has healed and Arum swears he will only set a timetable for Pacquiao’s return as soon as he hears the official word from Dr. Neal El Attrache.

It was El Attrache who operated on Pacquiao’s shoulder four days in Los Angeles after the Mayweather defeat.

Also being considered to become Pacquiao’s rival next year are Terence Crawford of the US, Kell Brook, another UK fighter, and even Juan Manuel Marquez, the Mexican counter-puncher who knocked Pacquiao out in 2012.

Pacquiao, who turns 37 in December, has a contract with Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. until the end of 2016.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks