MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Amir Khan expressed empathy for his former training partner Manny Pacquiao following the Filipino’s knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez.
“Manny Pacquiao’s a great friend, a good friend of mine,” Khan said in Boxing Scene.
“We worked together, boxed each other a long time. And also, Freddie [Roach] is a great trainer. You know, it’s a shame to see a friend get beat. It just shows that’s boxing for you.”
For Khan, sometimes such losses happen even to the best of fighters. He himself suffered defeat while trading shots with Danny Garcia last July.
“In boxing, one punch can change a fight, no matter who you are… We’ve been training very hard because we’ve been in that position, where we were beating Danny Garcia and we got caught with a shot. That’s boxing for you,” the British boxer said.
Since losing to Garcia, Khan ended his partnership with Roach and now trains under Virgil Hunter for a December 15 bout against Carlos Molina.
Khan also refused to play the blame game in Pacquiao’s loss.
“You can’t really say anything. At the end of the day, look, he was winning the fight. It was so exciting with great fighters in there like Marquez and Pacquiao … one punch can change the fight because they are very experienced. So you can’t really blame no trainer or anyone. It was just that Marquez was very clever and very smart, and he hit Manny Pacquiao with a good, clean shot,” he said.