Former light welterweight world champion Amir Khan believes that his old stablemate and sparring partner Manny Pacquiao still has what it takes to become a world champion once again and get back on top of the boxing world.
That moment could come as early as April 12 when Pacquiao attempts to reclaim the WBO welterweight belt from Timothy Bradley in a redo of their highly controversial split decision bout back in June of 2012. Khan is favoring the eight-division world champion over the current champ, but also maintained that the fight will be closely contested.
"I think it's going to be a good fight for fans to watch," Khan said regarding the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch in an interview by HustleBoss.com. "Manny is a quick fighter and explosive, then you got a Tim Bradley who is quick and explosive as well and when you think about it, when people are talking about the fight they say that Bradley doesn't have a chance against Pacquiao, but styles make fights," added Khan.
Khan thinks that Bradley's speed, quickness and elusiveness will cause problems for Pacquiao and the fact that he is coming off an impressive victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, the same man who sent the Filipino icon to dreamland in 2012, will add to the Coachella Valley fighter's confidence coming into the fight.
"They are both great fighters, but the good win Bradley had against Marquez can give him more confidence since Marquez knocked out Pacquiao, and also beating Pacquiao the first time," added Khan on Bradley.
Ultimately, however, the man who has seen how hard Pacquiao works during training believes that his hunger and desire to bounce back will carry him through. "In the end I believe Manny will take it... I think Pacquiao has something to prove. The thing about these fighters, when you have something to prove, you're more hungry. You're going to give it your all... Pacquiao will come in and do everything to win this fight, especially since he lost the first one."
Khan also didn't stop short of commenting that Bradley had ducked him in the past when they had an opportunity to unify belts in the junior welterweight division back in 2009 when he had the WBA belt, while Bradley owned the WBC and WBO crown.
"I've had my ups and downs with Bradley, because he didn't want to fight me three or four year ago when I was a world champion like he was and we could've had an undisputed unification fight, but at the end of the day it's a sport and we're sportsmen and I wish him all the best," Khan said.
(Watch the video on top of this page for the full interview)
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