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Roach: Erik Morales? Bradley is a Better Fight For Khan

Freddie Roach predicts Amir Khan will become boxing's next superstar by emulating the popularity of Manny Pacquiao.

Khan became unified world light-welterweight champion when he demolished respected American Zab Judah inside five rounds at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre.

Hall of Fame trainer Roach believes the 24-year-old has the attributes to emerge as the sport's dominant personality.

"In my mind he can be the next Manny Pacquiao, there's no doubt about that," Roach said.

"I think he can succeed Manny as the next pound-for-pound champion.

"He's struggling a little bit to make the 140lbs weight and when he moves up to 147lbs he will be stronger, more powerful and more resilient."

Beating Floyd Mayweather would launch Khan's profile into the stratosphere and Golden Boy, his promoters, have pencilled in that showdown for late next year.

But Roach believes Khan needs just one more fight before facing Mayweather, who meets Victor Ortiz on September 17, raising the prospect of them clashing early next year.

"I do believe Amir's speed can trouble Mayweather but Mayweather is a very good boxer and is very slick," Roach said.

"We'd love to take on the winner of his fight with Ortiz.

"Mayweather isn't fighting until September and it can't happen right away, so I'd like to slip one more fight in there before then.

"We will fight again in December and then maybe go for Mayweather.

"I'd really like for Amir to clean up at light-welterweight and unify those titles first, because that hasn't been done in a long time."

Unifying the division means crossing swords with WBC and WBO champion Timothy Bradley, who had verbally agreed to fight Khan only to pull out despite being offered favourable terms.

It is doubtful a fight with Bradley can be made but Roach still wants the 27-year-old from Palm Springs and is less keen on Mexican great Erik Morales.

"I'd like to have Bradley next, it's a good, tough fight that would be very competitive. It's the fight people want to see," Roach said.

"Erik Morales was game against (Khan victim) Marcos Maidana in April and has experience, but there are better fights out there."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by paulf on 07-25-2011

[QUOTE=Motofan;10892364]Morales is my first or second favorite fighter of all time. This slow, no reflex version of Erik gets so battered by Khan it would be a blackeye for boxing. Stop fighting old fighters (boxers in general). We all know…

Comment by Kannabis Kid on 07-25-2011

winner of Cayo-Peterson becomes to mandatory for the ibf belt that would be a good one also.

Comment by mshap on 07-24-2011

Khan following up the Judah fight with Morales would be a travesty -- I mean, how many over-the-hill 'name' guys can he fight in a row?

Comment by LAPete on 07-24-2011

Kahn is set up to stay undefeated for some time. He would walk right through Bradley and Morales. Floyd on the other hand would be too much for him to handle. Besides the Mayweather fight belongs to The Pac Man!

Comment by Adrenalkrome on 07-24-2011

Freddie knows Morales would be too much for Khan. Bradley is better at headbutting than Morales and that is about it. Even though Morales is slower, he is still a technical fighter with accurate punching. Something Khan needs to avoid…

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