MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach revealed that he could have remained as the chief trainer of British fighter Amir "King" Khan – but only if he gets rid of his other boxers.
Roach confirmed in a Boxing Scene report that he is parting ways with Khan, and the former light-welterweight champion has made no secret that he is searching for a new coach.
Khan has suffered two consecutive losses, the most recent being a devastating fourth-round knockout loss to Danny Garcia in July. Following that setback, the British boxer hinted that he may drop Roach as his trainer, especially since he was not Roach’s top priority.
Roach, a five-time Trainer of the Year, also coaches Filipino fight king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Mexican prodigy Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
In Boxing Scene, Roach revealed that members of Khan's team – his father Shah Khan and his manager Asif Vali – said he could have remained as the boxer’s coach if he dropped those two fighters.
"They told me this, and this is pretty good, they told me if I make Amir number one, and get rid of Manny and Chavez, they will still come back to me," Roach said.
"They said, if we're number one and you get rid of Manny and Chavez, we'll stay with you," he added.
But Roach told Team Khan that he could not drop Pacquiao and Chavez.
Khan and Pacquiao were former sparring partners, with the British boxer often travelling to the Philippines to hold joint training camps with the "Pacman."
Roach has helped transform Pacquiao into the first eight-division world champion in boxing history, while at the same time developing Chavez into a middleweight champion.
He helped Khan bounce back from his first career defeat at the hands of Breidis Prescott and guided the young Briton to a pair of light-welterweight championships.
But Roach also received some criticism when Khan was flattened by Garcia in their bout last July, with some boxing analysts saying he has failed to develop the boxer’s defensive skills.
But despite the split, Roach said he only wishes Khan the best of luck.
"I like Amir. I wish him nothing but the best," he said.