MANILA, Philippines – Four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach says British boxing superstar Amir Khan still has a long way to go before catching up with pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
|Freddie Roach and Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
Both Khan and Pacquiao are trained by Roach and are frequent sparring partners.
But Roach said that Pacquiao is still able to take control when the 2 boxers spar.
"When they spar, it's always good. Amir is more than able to hold his own, but as it progresses, Manny takes control," Roach told the UK Daily Star.
But Roach believes that Khan, who is the unified world light-welterweight champion, is on his way to greatness as well.
"Manny is a great fighter, but Amir is certainly going in the right direction – that's a fact," he said.
Roach said that Khan has developed by leaps and bounds since the 2 started working together in 2008.
"He's a great kid who is always listening and always wanting to learn," Roach said of Khan.
Khan is coming off a 5-round knockout victory over Zab Judah and has expressed his desire to fight undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2012.