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Khan Heads To Train With Pacquiao; Reflects on Friendship

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

AMIR KHAN has KO'd all thoughts of a mega-bucks clash with Manny Pacquiao.

Amir Khan will climb into the ring with Manny Pacquiao, who has held 10 world titles, for a sparring session in the Philippines.

“But that’s as close as we will get to hitting each other,” Khan said. “There is absolutely no way we will ever fight each other in earnest.”

WBA world light-welterweight champion Khan has flown to the Philippines from his Los Angeles base to link up with Pacquiao.

The pair will work together as Khan steps up his training for the next defence of his title against Belfast’s Paul McCloskey at Manchester’s MEN on April 16.

Khan and Filipino Pacquiao are both trained by Freddie Roach and that fact, allied to their close friendship, has scuppered all thoughts of them fighting each other.

Khan, 24, said: “I will never fight Manny. He has one or two fights left in him, but I will not be one of them.

“The fight might one day be pushed towards us, but he and me have agreed that we will never fight each other.

“No matter what kind of money would be on offer, there is absolutely no way that two people who are such good friends will fight each other.

“It is obviously a good fight that people would love to see, but it won’t take place – we have an agreement with each other.

“You must also remember that we are both trained by Freddie Roach and a fight between us would put him in a very awkward position.

“He would have that kind of agonising choice to make – does he go into my corner or does he go into Manny’s corner?

“He likes us both so much that we both feel we do not want to put him into the awkward position where he has to make that kind of choice.”

THE Khan-McCloskey fight will be shown live on Sky Box Office HD. Tickets can be obtained from Ticketmaster (0844 844 0444).

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LoveForBoxing on 03-02-2011

[QUOTE=Prince Mongo;10176326]You should take those comments with a pinch of salt. There are no ???? about how good Manny is . With Khan Roach has done his bit to raise his profile. These flattering comments are are spin. In the…

Comment by medium-deek on 03-02-2011

[QUOTE=-EAGLE-;10175771]don't think they're such good friends, never heard Pac calling Amir a friend (if so post the link :D)[/QUOTE] True. It is always Khan saying it. Never heard Pac-man saying about his friendship in any interviews???

Comment by bojangles1987 on 03-02-2011

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;10175098]Pacquiao has more than 1-2 fights left in him. He just tuned 32.[/QUOTE] But there's not much left for him to do. Berto, Mayweather obviously, Marquez I guess, and whoever comes out on top at 140, which if it's Khan…

Comment by tredh on 03-02-2011

Wonder if Ariza will try to slap Khan or Khan's father like he did Konz? Can someone please explain to me why Ariza is in Manny's corner during the fights? He is not giving advice, not a cutman or translating.…

Comment by tredh on 03-02-2011

I always thought good friends help they friends make the most money they can possibly make especially when it is legal!!! I would fight my brother for the kind of money they making. Its not like they literally trying to…

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