Former IBF and WBA light welterweight titlist, Amir Khan, believes he and his stablemate Manny Pacquiao, who is eight-division world champion, are the best offensive fighters in the world but he thinks defensively they have many problems.
The Bolton’s finest, who carries a record of winning 26 of his 29 professional fights, with 18 of wins coming by the way of a knockout, is currently on the brink of failure since he has lost two fights in a row and both of them to underdogs.
The 25-year-old suffered a brutal fourth round TKO against Danny Garcia and he also lost to Lamont Peterson on points last year.
Manny Pacquiao on the other hand lost his battle against Timothy Bradley and perhaps this is a reason why Khan has mentioned Pacquiao’s name too while speaking on his inclusion.
Khan told the Manchester Evening News “If we had the defense we should have had we would be the best fighter in the world.”
Khan continues “That’s the downfall of me and Manny Pacquiao. We’re both offensively the best fighters in the world, but defensively we’re not the best.”
Khan and Pacquiao are both trained by International Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach. However, after suffering two defeats in a row Khan has decided to leave Roach, who is responsible for shaping up his career.
Khan feels he needs someone who concentrates on him fully and teaches him a good defensive game.
Rumours revolving around suggested as if Khan is eyeing Joan Guzman as his new trainer but when asked Khan, he rejected all rumours and said he wants someone more credible.
“I want someone who is a bit more credible than him. I’ve come from world title fights and he might be a little below that. We’re just getting the dates right. It will either be in England or America, December 15 is the date,” Khan said.
“I’ll be going to New York to speak to a few coaches and maybe bring in a mentor who can help me in defense. I’m mainly looking at ex-fighters, Bernard Hopkins, Oscar (De La Hoya) and maybe Shane Mosley, they all want to help out and show their support,” Khan said.
Well, all said and done, it looks Khan has indirectly suggested Manny Pacquiao to also leave Freddie Roach. Therefore, let’s wait and watch how the Filipino boxing icon responds to Khan.