By Dexter Reyes
I will make a bold prediction for Saturday nights HBO boxing fight between WBA light-welterweight champ Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana, Khan retains his WBA 140-pound title and stops Maidana in the 6th round. The win will lead to bigger and better fights for Amir Khan.
If the sparring sessions between Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao have Amir putting a beating on the pound-for-pound king, and getting the best of him during the exchanges, what more would happen in a real fight?
Freddie Roach trains both Khan and Pacquiao and he has never been one to sugar coat or hold back his honest opinion. Roach said Amir beats up Manny in sparring, if Roach says it I believe it.
Maybe this is a reason why Freddie Roach only puts Manny in with slow fighters because he see’s first hand what type of problems a fast fighter can give to Manny.
The fight will never happen because both fighters are trained by Freddie Roach, which is probably best for Manny Pacquiao’s career because Khan could end the Pacman’s career if they actually fought, Amir’s speed is so blindingly fast that Manny wouldn’t see the punches coming and his face would be swollen and bloodied from the multiple punches Amir lands on him forcing the referee or doctor to stop the fight.
Now a fight that could possibly happen is a bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Khan. Floyd is the best fighter in my opinion when it comes to all around skills and defense. But Amir would win a decision on points against Floyd.
Khan will have more problems with Mayweather than with Pacquiao, because of Mayweather’s defense, but Khan can get in and out and just throw a flurry of punches and move away and win that way.
Floyd is a guy who likes to counter you in close and Khan’s reach will give him an advantage because he would get in and out just throwing some combos and moving away for 12 rounds.
The thing with Amir is his chin is suspect, but his speed is second to none. The only way you can beat Khan is by landing a lucky punch on his chin like Breidis Prescott did knocking out Khan in the first round.
Right now in terms of ability and overall speed I would say Khan is the best boxer in the game today. He might not have that slick shoulder roll of Floyd or that ferocious power and tenacity of Manny Pacquiao, but from the recent fights Khan has shown the sweet science of hit and not get hit, and he will only get better.
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