MANILA, Philippines – British boxing champion Amir Khan said he remains friends with boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao despite rumors that there’s an ongoing rift between their camps.
"Manny was a big help, you know, bringing me back and helping me out with stuff in training. We've trained together,” said Khan said in RingTV.com.
He added that he even had a chat with the Filipino boxer the day before the Juan Manuel Marquez fight.
“I was with him in his room the day before he fought Marquez. I was having a chat with him and chilling out with him,” said Khan.
Khan was one of Pacquiao’s training partners. They undergo training under boxing coach Freddie Roach.
But rumors came out that he had a misunderstanding with Pacquiao, especially after he said that the Filipino was lucky to pull off a win over Marquez.
Pacquiao and Khan are also pushing for a fight against unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Everything is cool. I think that it's just rumors that people make up. Me and Manny are cool,” said Khan.
He even stressed that he won’t be pursuing a fight against Pacquiao.
"That fight will never happen. Manny knows that himself. We won't fight each other. We have too much respect for each other.”
Khan is set to defend his junior welterweight titles against American boxer Lamont Peterson on December 10 in Washington DC.