Former world champion Amir “King” Khan is already selling the idea of a potential fight against former stablemate Manny Pacquiao, believing it is a bout that will not run out of storylines.
Khan and Pacquiao used to be trained by Hall-of-Famer Freddie Roach and were once sparring partners. Khan has since moved on, however, and is now trained by Virgil Hunter, while Pacquiao and Roach continue to work together.
“What a great storyline that would make,” Khan told Boxing Scene about a potential fight between him and Pacquiao.
The bout, which many thought could never be made as the two fighters were promoted by different companies, is now a possibility after rivals Golden Boy and Top Rank mended their fences and expressed willingness to promote fights together.
“We used to train together, we were sparring partners, we used to have the same trainer,” Khan said of himself and Pacquiao. “We were both world champions at the same time. There is a lot of history there.”
Khan has won titles at light-welterweight but can also compete at welterweight, the division where Pacquiao now fights.
Calling the “Pacman” a “great fighter,” Khan nevertheless believes that he has a shot of beating the Filipino legend.
“Manny has problems with quick boxers,” the British-Pakistani fighter pointed out. “I’ve sparred with him myself. I know he has problems with a good boxer who has a very good jab and moves great.”
“I’m very big for the weight, I’m a lot taller than Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is a southpaw, and I can deal with southpaws real well,” he added. “That’s a 50-50 fight.”
Khan is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Luis Collazo last May, and has won his last three fights after enduring a two-fight losing streak from 2011 to 2012.