Pacquiao vs Khan sparring: Amir much faster than Manny?Written by Lee Cleveland
Once stablemates who concurrently trained under Freddie Roach,Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan have trained together and sparred with each other over the years, and developed a friendly relationship.
"I'd fight Manny," Khan told Daily Mail last year.
"Look, it's business. We are friends and respect each other, but I would definitely consider the fight, and I am sure he would too."
"To bring it to Dubai, too, that would be huge. I am ready for whatever. Have I ever turned down a fight? Never. I fight whoever is put in front of me."
So how do they stack up?
When asked in 2011 to dissect a match-up between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, Jamie Kavanagh, then a sparring partner for both fighters, offered some insight.
"Amir Khan would knock you out with like 6 or 7 punches... "
"But Manny can hit you with 3 or 4. Manny has a lot more power."
According to Kavanagh, Pacquiao punched harder and was more dangerous, all-around, but Khan was faster.
"Amir has a lot more speed than Manny Pacquiao," he insisted.
A LOT more speed than Pacquiao?
When asked for a prediction should such a fight take place, Kavanagh replied, "It would be a very interesting fight. I'd like to see it."
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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