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Roach: Amir Khan Could Be a Threat To Mayweather

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) 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…

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…

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…

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