Manny Pacquiao rocked in sparring by Amir Khan?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Whatever happenes in the gym, stays in the gym.
Welterweight Amir Khan is making boastful claims again.
In response to critics who insist Khan is too small and not strong enough to compete with middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, Amir Khan recently told BoxingScene.com, “... I’ve never fought at this weight, with smaller gloves.”
“But when I’ve sparred with guys heavier than me, at my natural weight, like I am now, I’ve knocked a lot of guys down in sparring."
"I’ve hurt a lot of guys. Manny Pacquiao could even tell you that. I’ve hurt a lot of guys in sparring. I used to spar with Manny Pacquiao."
"When I’m on my natural weight, I’m a lot stronger.”
Was Khan saying he hurt and /or knocked down Manny Pacquiao or did he mean he sparred Manny and rocked other opponents in PacMan's presence?
In January 2015, Khan, while lobbying for fights with Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, told FightHype, "I remember the wars I used to have [with Manny Pacquiao] in the Wild Card gym...I thought it was good to do that, With me and Pacquiao, it was war," asserted Khan.
"Most of the time, I used to get the better of him. I've got videos of that (to prove it)...He knows deep down what happened in sparring."
According to Roach, when Manny and Amir sparred, Khan usually won the early rounds, PacMan surged in the later stanzas. But the trainer also stated he believed Amir would run from Manny in a real contest thereby producing a lackluster affair for the fans.
I saw one video of the two sparring and would narrowly give the edge to Khan.
But keep in mind, sparring isn't prizefighting from a performance-standpoint. Often times, sparring is "practice fighting" with the aim of improving the skills and fitness level of one or both participants while minimizing the risk of serious injury.
Sparring is usually intended to serve as a learning process for those participating.
For example, if a short fighter needs to practice his defense in preparation for a much taller opponent, he'll spar with a tall fighter with the sole intention of evading punches, not scoring points.
To onlookers who may not know any better, the shorter fighter may appear tentative and less willing to engage.
Is that what may have happened in the Pacquiao vs Khan sparring sessions?
But Manny seems like the type who doesn't put much stock in winning sparring sessions while Khan comes across as someone who does.