Khan can beat Mayweather, Garcia: Roach
MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach is sure that British boxer Amir “King” Khan is capable of ending the unbeaten streaks of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Danny Garcia.
Garcia, the undefeated WBC light-welterweight champion, is a potential opponent for Khan after the cancellation of his May 19 rematch against Lamont Peterson.
“If it’s Garcia, Amir will be too fast and hard-punching for him,” Roach said in an interview with Boxing Scene.
Khan was supposed to challenge Peterson for the IBF and WBA light welterweight belts, but the fight was cancelled last week after Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone, a banned substance.
Garcia, meanwhile, became a potential foe for Khan following his unanimous decision win over Mexican legend Erik Morales last March 24.
Khan’s promoter, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, believes a match between Garcia and Khan will be “another one of those barn-burners, and that’s what the sport needs.”
Roach said that if Khan ends up fighting Garcia, it will be the British boxer’s last fight at the light-welterweight division.
“Whoever it is, we’ll do this one more fight and then go up to welterweight to look for Floyd Mayweather,” he said.
Roach has often said that he trains two boxers who are capable of beating Mayweather: Khan and Filipino boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Now more than ever, Roach is confident that his boxers can defeat Mayweather after the unbeaten American’s performance against Miguel Cotto last May 5.
“I see Floyd’s legs beginning to go (at 35-years-old) and him slowing up a little. If we get him as early as December, Amir can beat him,” Roach said.
Mayweather defeated Cotto via unanimous decision, but had to work hard for every round as he faced constant pressure from the Puerto Rican.