Roach fires parting shot at Khan
MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach and former world champion Amir "King" Khan may have parted on friendly terms, but Roach nonetheless fired a parting shot at the British boxer last week.
Khan, who dumped Roach as his trainer after experiencing consecutive losses, is set to name his new coach in the near future.
Recently, Roach was quoted by ESPN as criticizing Khan, who had claimed that the five-time Trainer of the Year did not develop his defensive skills, as well as those of Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
Roach reacted by saying that he actually wanted Pacquiao to fight American boxer Danny Garcia, who knocked out Khan in four rounds last July.
"I wanted (Pacquiao) to fight the guy Garcia, Danny Garcia. I wanted that fight because Amir Khan says that I don't teach defense to him and Manny Pacquiao," Roach said.
"Why did he compare himself to Manny Pacquiao? It depends on what I taught him. Let's see what Manny does with your opponent. Manny wouldn't lose a round," he added.
Members of Khan's team had said that part of the reason for the split was that Roach was dividing his time between the British boxer, Pacquiao, and Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Khan is rumored to have chosen either Naazim Richardson or Virgil Hunter as his new trainer.