EXCLUSIVE: Amir Khan makes predictions for Pacquiao v Lomachenko, Garcia v Spence / Lomachenko
Former super-lightweight king Amir Khan has opened up on three possible super-fight match-ups between 135 and 147 pounds.
Clashes between Khan target Manny Pacquiao and current pound for pound number one Vasyl Lomachenko and 135-140 ruler Mikey Garcia and welterweight ruler Errol Spence Jr. have become the talk of boxing since July.
There’s also the small matter of a three-belt lightweight unification battle between Lomachenko and Garcia if a deal can be done between promoters.
Airing his views from training camp in the United States, Khan – like the rest of boxing – was salivating at the prospects of the contests being made.
“I think Garcia fighting Spence would be good for boxing. It’s two undefeated fighters with big names,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News.
“As a welterweight fight it would be massive. We’ve not seen a big fight like that at 147 for a long time. Other than GGG v Canelo, I think this is the second biggest fight in boxing.
“Boxing needs fights like this to happen as it’s a fight that’s hard to call and it really is a 50-50 fight.”
On Pacquiao v Lomachenko, Khan added: “Manny Pacquiao v Vasyl Lomachenko, well I think Pacquiao is the bigger and stronger man in that one.
“Pacquiao is more experience as a professional, so I’ve got Manny winning that fight with his size and power.
“Lomachenko would be a bit too small for Pacquiao but I think if they fought at 140 it would be more of an even fight because Manny’s not really a 140-pound fighter anymore.
“I can see it happening at 145, though and that could be hard for Lomachenko. He’s just not big enough and I just can’t see Manny going down to 140.
“If Lomachenko fought Garcia, I think that’s in the same league as the Spence fight. One of the biggest fights in boxing.
“Both Lomachenko and Garcia look unstoppable at the moment in their weights and I think it’s a fight the boxing fans would love to see.
“Mikey has great timing, whereas Lomachenko has great skills and doesn’t really get hit that much. He has great movement and side angles.
“That’s a great fight and another close one to call,” he added.
Khan is preparing hard for his return against Samuel Vargas in Birmingham, England on September 8, knowing a victory could set up a fight with Pacquiao by the end of the year.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay