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 Last update:  9/1/2014       Read more by Rick Reeno         
   
Roach: Amir Khan Could Be a Threat To Mayweather
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By Rick Reeno

While Freddie Roach gives Marcos Maidana absolutely no shot to defeat WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26KOs) on September 13th, the veteran trainer does believe Amir Khan (29-3, 19KOs) - at least stylistically - is a real threat to Mayweather's undefeated record.

If Mayweather overcomes Maidana, Khan is a likely candidate for Floyd's next fight.

Roach was the head trainer of Khan for several years. They parted ways in 2012, and then Khan hired Virgil Hunter.

"[Khan] has good speed, he is a good athlete. He just stays in the pocket for too long sometimes. He wants to exchange too much. He could possibly be a threat because he's very athletic. He's very fast. I see Amir doing well with Mayweather," Roach told BoxingScene.com.

However, Roach tells BoxingScene that he is concerned with a certain change in Khan's style.

According to Roach, Khan has developed a newfound habit of holding his opponent to avoid a counter-attack. That tactic, says Roach, will not work with Mayweather,

"You know the thing is, his new trainer taught him how to hold. That's the biggest thing changed that I see - is that he'll throw a combination and hold now. [That's] a little bit boring for the fans and if you try to hold Mayweather - you're not going to have success holding him, because once you reach for him he's going to tag you....he's way too sharp a fighter for that," Roach said.

Tags: Amir Khan , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Freddie Roach , Mayweather-Khan , Mayweather vs Khan


 

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comment by Welter_Skelter, on 09-02-2014
One flush punch from Mayweather and Khan would drop like a sack of potatoes. I am not even joking.. And yes I know Floyd is not known for his power punching but it doesn't matter in this case.. He just needs to land square and Khan not see it coming and Amir's glass jaw will shatter into 1000s o...

comment by LAPete, on 09-02-2014
The fans need to understand that Freddie is not obsessing on Floyd. Simply put every time a reporter sticks a mic in his face the question of Floyd always comes up and Freddie gives his answer honestly and how he sees things. He's right too stating that Kahn's speed and technique could give Floyd...

comment by Nomadic, on 09-02-2014
He's a threat alright, low ratings and viewers threat.

comment by Lineal Champ, on 09-01-2014
I agree...Mayweather would be 38 if the fight would take place and Khan has the tools to give him problems. If Khan picks his spots I can see him taking the fight on points.

comment by Mr. Punch-Out!!, on 09-01-2014
I do think Khan would have been more challenging than Maidana but at the same time, Khan still needs to impress at 147 before I know for sure. Looking back on everything now, I kind of wish Floyd fought Khan instead of Maidana. [QUOTE=raymosr]It would be a good fight but Mayweather would wi...

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