It was the Inevitable Fight
The fight between Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao was guaranteed to takeplaceatsomepointfromthefirst time the pair sparred together in October2008atFreddieRoach’sgym.
Roach is a harsh man to hire as a newtrainerandhethrewKhan,who wasfreshfromasixty-secondknockout loss, to Pacquiao as a sacrifice on the boxer’s opening day in the gym. “People in the gym asked me if I was doing the right thing,” said Roach. “I was doing the only thing; I needed to know if Amir still wanted to be a boxer. I found out he did.”
Khan will fight Pacquiao on April 23 after an online poll rejected an Australian called Jeff Horn as Pacquiao’s next opponent, and voted overwhelmingly for a fight against Khan. The fight is set to take place on a Sunday, which would suggest that either Macau, the gambling island a short boat journey from Hong Kong, or the UAE is the location.
In theory, Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title will be the secondary prize to the cash available, which would mean Khan fighting back in a weight division that makes sense; Khan fought in May last year when he gained nearly ten pounds (about 4.5kgs) and lost to Saul Canelo Alvarez at middleweight. “When I sparred with Manny he was dangerous,” said Khan. “They were hard rounds and I knew then that one day I would fight him. I have been readyforalongtimeandIthoughthe was going to avoid me like (Floyd) Mayweather.” Khan was twice matched with Mayweather and negotiations collapsed both times.
Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent since 2009 and during the last few years there have been poor performances and increasing concerns about his commitment to boxing because of his full-time work as a senator in the Philippine government. However,sincetheMayweatherloss, when Pacquiao suffered a shoulder injury, histwowinshaveprovedheis still a top operator.
The match between Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao was sure to take place
Amir Khan (inset) will fight Manny Pacquiao (above) on April 23 after an online poll voted overwhelmingly for the fight