By Rick Reeno
Trainer Freddie Roach advised BoxingScene.com that he is likely parting ways with former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan. The British star is telling media that he plans to announce his new trainer next week.
According to Roach, Khan's manager Asif Vali, and the boxer's father Shah Khan, were willing to keep Roach in place - but only if the hall-of-fame trainer was willing to dump Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
After his July TKO loss to Danny Garcia, Khan was very vocal about not spending enough training time with Roach. The British boxer took part in a joint camp with Pacquiao, who was preparing for a June fight with Timothy Bradley. Roach has often paired Khan and Pacquiao in joint camps due to scheduling conflicts.
"They told me this, and this is pretty good.....they told me if I make Amir number one, and get rid of Manny and Chavez, they will still come back to me," Roach told BoxingScene.com. "[They said] if we're number one and you get rid of Manny and Chavez, we'll stay with you. I told them 'I can't do that.' They asked me that question face to face and on the phone."
Even though Amir is going in another direction, there are no hard feelings.
"I like Amir, I wish him nothing but the best," Roach said.