Advertisement
Advertisement

Roach: Khan Can't Beat Mayweather, PPV Will Lose Money

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Freddie Roach knows as much about Amir Khan’s boxing ability as anyone.

The outspoken trainer doesn’t think Khan can upset Floyd Mayweather Jr., either. But if Khan does indeed land a May 3 fight against Mayweather, Roach will be interested to see how a talented fighter he once trained fares against the best boxer in the world.

“I said in public that Amir Khan has a good style for Mayweather,” Roach said. “But I never said he was going to beat Mayweather. I don’t think he can beat Mayweather, but he can give him trouble. He’s very athletic, he’s in and out very quick.

“His problem is that he likes to stay in the pocket a little bit too long sometimes, and that usually costs him. When it costs him, he doesn’t have a great chin. And let’s face it, Mayweather can punch when he wants to. When he wants to draw you in, if you look at his fights against Ricky Hatton and a couple other guys, he can punch when he wants to.”

Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), who’ll turn 37 on Feb. 24, is expected to announce soon whether he’ll encounter England’s Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) or Argentina’s Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) on May 3 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Khan out-pointed Maidana in their 12-round WBA junior welterweight title fight three years ago in Las Vegas, but Maidana upset Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) in his last fight Dec. 14 in San Antonio to score the biggest win of his nine-year pro career.

Roach considers the heavier-handed Maidana “a little more dangerous” than Khan, yet assumes Mayweather will choose Khan for a Showtime Pay-Per-View fight Roach can’t envision generating great interest among most of the paying public.

“I think Amir can do well in the fight, but down the stretch I like Mayweather,” Roach said. “But the fight won’t do well on pay-per-view because [Khan] doesn’t have a pay-per-view audience. Amir has been knocked out too many times, Mayweather’s undefeated and Amir’s U.K. audience is very small. CBS doesn’t want to lose any more money, but they will lose money on that one.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lutenco on 02-11-2014

[QUOTE=Foghorn;14224157]LUTENCO is that you,change your name to sugar now HA HA HA :firedevil Well one thing for sure you're another PACNOT![/QUOTE] Do you believe SUGARSMOSLEY is me ????? ahahhahahah idiot, you think in this way because you'd act in this…

Comment by thack on 02-11-2014

[QUOTE=chardrnm;14223637]Khan vs Mayweather Im not excited to watch and especially pay watching it.[/QUOTE] You don't have to watch it and pay , don't know anybody who is ! Just relax and put it down like me as a write off…

Comment by ironmt on 02-11-2014

[QUOTE=Grimgash;14225158]Weren't the final numbers 1.1 million? Not bad but it's not 1.4 at all....there were posts on this very website about it...so Ortiz is a bigger star then JMM you're saying? Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito Pacquiao wins by UD…

Comment by HeroBando on 02-11-2014

[QUOTE=jrrod02;14224983]Hence the reason for signing Floyd to a multi-fight contract. They knew there were going to be some PPV's that were not going to sell as well as others. The fact that in 2 PPV's Mayweather sold around 3 million…

Comment by Daniel Alpha on 02-11-2014

[QUOTE=deanrw;14226102]I do think it will be kind of interesting watching how GBP tries to sell this fight. I guarantee right now they will be heavily banking that Amir can get the British peeps to buy, or it will be a…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (118)
Top Headlines Rico Ramos Blasts Out Prosper Ankrah in Three Rounds Jhonny Gonzalez With Vicious First Round KO of Yamamoto Fury Refused Testing, Told Inspectors To F*** Off, Claims Report Donnie Nietes Makes Flyweight Debut, Dominates Edgar Sosa Video: Eddie Hearn Reflects on Crolla's Loss, The Future Video: Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares Post Fight Press Conference Malignaggi: So Obvious, Team Canelo Waiting For Golovkin To Age Javier Fortuna Back With a Bang, Demolishes Cabrera in Two Donnie Nietes vs. Edgar Sosa LIVE Results Crolla: Linares Rocked My World, I'm Not Going To Lie Klitschko-Fury 2 - Barclaycard-Arena on Hold For December 10 Jorge Linares Decisions Anthony Crolla, Wins Lightweight Crown Arnfield Shocks Ryder - Wins WBA Regional, Targets British Belt Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Callum Johnson Stops Shihepo, Wins Commonwealth Belt Deontay Wilder: Tyson Fury No Longer Cares About Boxing Klitschko Waits on Word From The Sanctioning Bodies on Fury Hosea Burton Conor Benn, Marcus Morrison Get Wins Nihito Arakawa Retains Title, Stops Yusuke Tsukada in Six Rounds Malignaggi Will Not Go For The EBU Title, Withdraws From Spot Anthony Joshua Ready To Replace Tyson Fury, Fight Klitschko! Crolla Plans To Be Calculating, Take The Fight To Linares Early Warren: Won't Take Long For Liam Smith To Get in World Title Mix Parker: Dimitrenko's Height Will Prepare Me For Champions Curtis Stevens: Me And Lemieux Should Fight For Shot at Canelo Teddy Atlas: Golovkin Looked HORRIBLE Against Brook Anthony Crolla Pumped: This is My Kostya Tsyzu Moment! Donnie Nietes Ready To Make Impressive Debut at Flyweight Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares - Tale of The Tape Jarrell Miller: I'd Break Joshua's Face in Half, I'd Run Him Over! Canelo-Golovkin: Promoters Agree To Sit Down in Two Weeks Tommy Morrison's Son: I Opened Some Eyes, Roach Improved Me Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares: Pre-Fight Report Card Carlos Carlson Gets Off The Deck To Win By Knockout Christopher Diaz, Julian Rodriguez Win: Toka Kahn Clary KO'd Canelo-Smith PPV: Golden Boy Pleased With 300K Buys Radivoje Kalajdzic Drops, Stops Travis Peterkin in Five Rounds Ivan Baranchyk Goes The Distance, Decisions Wang Zhimin Tommy Morrison's Son Demolishes Ed Latimore in One Round Ivan Golub Blasts Out James Stevenson in Three Rounds
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement