Roach Not Sure of Khan Pact, But Pacquiao Takes Priority
By Rick Reeno
In the aftermath of July's four round TKO defeat to Danny Garcia, British superstar Amir Khan (26-3, 18KOs), and members of his team, openly complained about taking part in joint training camps.
Freddie Roach, who trains Khan, is also the trainer of high profile boxers Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
On more than one occasion, Roach was forced to juggle simultaneous camps because several of his boxers were scheduled to fight within weeks of each other. Khan has often been paired in joint camps with Pacquiao.
Khan wants to continue his relationship with Roach, but he doesn't want to share him during training camps.
Roach has still not heard a definitive answer from Khan's team regarding the future of his position.
"I have not heard anything official from them. I heard they want to fight in December. No one has told me if I'm in or out," Roach told BoxingScene.com.
However, if having a joint training camp is a sticking point for Khan - the same scenario will possibly surface once again in the fall.
Pacquiao, who is Roach's main fighter, is going to return on December 1st or December 8th. With Khan being scheduled to return on December 15th, then obviously the hall of fame trainer will be forced to combine their training camps.
If the December situation plays out as expected, and Khan requests a separate training camp, Roach makes it clear that Pacquiao's camp takes priority above anything else.
"If Manny fights in December, he takes priority," Roach said.
It can't be easy for Roach to want to work with Khan when he is being partially blamed for Khan's performance. Especially when Khan's career has previously gone so well under his guidance after the Precott disaster.Roach must feel Khan…Comment by TP6 U Snitch on 09-01-2012
Khan with Mayweather Sr, would be like Klitchko and Stewart getting together...A complete career resurrection.Comment by Ringlife on 09-01-2012
Khan needs to move on and get a different trainer. Roach has already said take it or leave it Pacman is number 1 and Chavez Jr is number 2.Comment by Pony Boy on 08-31-2012
Sad, everytime a boxer loses they blame it on the trainer. KHAN should take responsibility for not being able to make adjustments on his own. A skilled boxer will see this on his own and make the necessary changes in…Comment by LAPete on 08-31-2012
Priority or not, new trainer or not.....nothing can give a fighter a good chin. Kahn has no chin. End of story.Post a Comment - View More User Comments (13)