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Manny Pacquiao: Will PacMan KO Amir Khan if they fight on May 30?

Joseph Herron Updated
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While the boxing world patiently awaits the final verdict concerning a proposed super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., it's being reported by numerous sources that the sport's only eight division world champion and his promoter, Top Rank, Inc., are currently working on a contingency plan, should the best match-up in boxing fail to materialize. Bob Arum and HBO PPV have designated a tentative May 30 fight date for a potential blockbuster between former Olympic silver medalist and Super Lightweight world champion Amir Khan and the Filipino Congressman.

Although Khan has expressed a genuine willingness to face either of the two biggest names in the sport, is it wise for the athletically gifted Briton to actively pursue a meeting with the Filipino fight legend?

According to elite level trainer Freddie Roach, his former pupil might want to rethink his career path for 2015.

The six-time "Trainer of the Year" recipient recalls the Pacman putting Khan's lights out several times while sparring at the Wildcard Gym.

"Manny frequently put Amir on the floor," claims the Hall of Fame fight trainer. "He knocked him out cold at least four times."

In contrast, the former IBF/WBA Super Lightweight Champion remembers the gym sessions playing out a bit differently.

"I remember the wars I used to have with Manny in the Wildcard Gym, and that's what they were...wars," stated Amir Khan in December of last year. "Most of the time, I used to get the better of Manny. I've got videos to prove it. He knows deep down what happened in sparring."

Despite honestly believing he indeed won the numerous gym wars with the Pacman while training under Freddie Roach's tutelage, he does admit Manny would be a more dangerous and troublesome match-up stylistically than the pound for pound king of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"I think Mayweather would be a very technical fight, like a game of chess," insists the 28 year old prizefighter. "But I think Manny would be harder. He's much more aggressive and it would be more intense."

"But with my trainer Virgil Hunter, I'm a much better and more defensive fighter now."

If the most clamored fight in the history of boxing doesn't take place, would the 2015 version of Amir Khan prove to be more well equipped for the Pacquiao brand of pressure under the guidance of trainer Virgil Hunter?

There's only one way to find out.


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