Amir Khan to Leave Freddie RoachWritten by Lee Cleveland
Amir Khan's trainer, Freddie Roach, told BoxingScene.com that a split between him and his British pupil is likely imminent.
The former two-time jr welterweight champion told the media he'll announce his new trainer next week.
The trainer told BoxingScene Amir Khan would retain Roach's services if the trainer was willing to part ways with Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and focus more on Khan.
The request was unreasonable, to put it mildly.
Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO) has made it clear with his constant complaining that he is unhappy. He doesn't want to play second fiddle to welterweight superstar, Manny Pacquiao. And after losing his second consecutive fight in July via TKO loss to Danny Garcia, Khan expressed his displeasure about not having spent enough quality time with his mentor, Freddie Roach.
"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.
Manny Pacquiao earned roughly $26 Million USD for fighting Tim Bradley in June while Amir Khan's purse for Danny Garcia was in the $950,000 USD range. Given Manny Pacquiao earns 20x more than Amir Khan, its no surprise Roach is sticking with PacMan.
Since they will no longer be stablemates, will we see Manny Pacquiao vs Amir Khan in 2013?
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