Khan wants Pacquiao to retire soon

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Posted at Nov 16 2011 04:29 PM | Updated as of Nov 17 2011 12:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - British boxer Amir "King" Khan will advise his good friend and sparring partner, Filipino boxer Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, to consider retirement soon.

This, after Pacquiao struggled in his World Boxing Organization welterweight title clash against rival Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico last November 12 in Las Vegas (November 13 in Manila).

Khan told Telegraph Sports that he had Marquez winning the bout by one or two rounds, but the judges gave the fight to Pacquiao via a controversial majority decision.

"But I'm pleased for Manny, because he is a stablemate and a good friend," he added.

Khan and Pacquiao are both trained by five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach.

Serious thinking

Despite Pacquiao's victory, Khan believes the Filipino boxer should seriously consider his future plans in the sport.

"I'm going to tell Manny to consider retirement and not go on too long. He has some serious thinking to do," Khan said, adding that Pacquiao was "lucky" to escape with a win against Marquez.

Pacquiao struggled against Marquez, who used pinpoint counterpunching and superb footwork to neutralize the Filipino boxer's aggressive offense.

"Manny... doesn't have to keep taking these fights," Khan said. "The more he fights, the more it might take some of the gloss of his great legacy as the best fighter in the world."

Pacquiao has won 15 straight boxing matches, but Marquez has given him three of the most difficult fights of his career. His lackluster performance against Marquez caused many boxing observers to question his status as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.

No to Mayweather fight

The British boxer believes, based on Pacquiao's performance against Marquez, that the Filipino champion will find it very difficult to fight the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Like Marquez, Mayweather is also a counterpuncher, and many boxing analysts consider him one of the best defensive fighters of his era.

"On the strength of this performance, he wouldn't beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. For his sake, we have to be honest. He is my friend," Khan said.

Khan will also not advise Pacquiao to seek a fourth fight against Marquez, believing that the Mexican will continue to be a puzzle for the Filipino.

"It's never going to be an easy fight for him because of this guy's style," he said.

Top Rank Promotions, however, announced last Tuesday that they are pushing for a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez and will not negotiate a Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight.

Khan is also aiming to battle Mayweather some time in 2012.