9th June 2012

Boxing superstar Amir Khan shared his
thoughts with Primetime ahead of Saturday night’s super-fight between Manny
Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.
The former unified light-welterweight
champion knows both fighters well, check out what he has to say about the
eagerly anticipated world title clash.
Pacquiao
vs. Bradley will be shown live on Primetime, Channel 480 on Sky and Virgin On
Demand, this Saturday night for only £14.95. Visit www.primetimelive.co.uk or ring 0871
200 4444.

On
Pacquiao-Bradley 
“I’m always going to back my training
partner Manny Pacquiao in this fight because he’s been in with better
competition and reigned for such a long time. I think Manny will win the fight
but don’t get me wrong it’s going to be a tough fight. I don’t think Manny will
knock him out I feel it’s going to go the distance because Bradley is tough.
There’s no doubt Bradley will come to fight, seeing him train on HBO 24/7 he
seems focused and confident and he’ll go in there wanting to win.”
“Manny’s not performed at his best in
his last few fights so that might be on Bradley’s side and he could use that to
his advantage. No matter what, it’s going to be an electrifying fight and one
of those tough and crazy fights that boxing fans want to see. I’m looking
forward to it as we offered Bradley the fight twice and he turned it down so
I’m hoping my teammate can beat him for me in a way.”
Toe-to-toe
“It will be a tough fight and a
toe-to-toe scrap at times. Both guys can fight, and they like to fight, they
throw a lot of shots and have great fitness. It will be a matchup that people
love to see and fans will be on the edge of their seats, it will be an exciting
fight no matter what because you have two guys that are in their prime and are
hungry for the win. Manny won’t want to lose his pound-for-pound title and
Bradley wants to move up and make a statement.
“I don’t think Bradley will be the same
fighter at 147 as he was at 140. He thinks he’s a better fighter at 147 which I
don’t thinks the case because he doesn’t have the power to knock Manny Pacquiao
out or any other fighter at that weight. But he will cause a problem in the
fight because he has a great engine, work rate and likes to keep coming
forward.”
On
Manny’s training
“Manny always trains hard, I was out in
the Philippines with him when I was training for my rematch with Peterson.
Manny is always dedicated when it comes to training and you can’t knock him for
that because he’s always strong and tough and likes to push himself to the limit.
He always spars hard and he’s looking in tremendous shape.”
“People can say what they like about
his last few fights, and he hasn’t really performed well, but I think that’s
down to how his opponents have been. When he fights top opposition he always
boxes better but when he faces guys that people expect him to beat he doesn’t
really put on the ‘A’ game that he has.”
On
sparring Manny
“Manny is a tricky guy to beat. I’ve
sparred with him and shared a ring with him, and he sometimes adapts quite late
in a fight because the first few rounds he eases into it and sees what the
opponent does and kind of breaks him down. Whereas Bradley is a bit wild and
seeing him fight he goes in there with his head. Manny needs to watch his head
because they are a similar size but Bradley’s game plan will be to put pressure
on him, push him back and throw four or five shots at a time.”
“Speed is going to be crucial, Bradley
knows Manny is fast so Bradley’s going to try and use his speed against him but
I think Manny has way more ability and eventually his class will shine through.
What Manny has to be wary of though is Bradley’s head and the looping shots
that don’t come from far away.”       
On
Manny-Marquez
“You always have that one opponent that
knows your style inside out. I think Marquez has that style to beat or look
really good against Manny Pacquiao that’s why the last fight was so awkward.”
On
fighting the winner
“I would love to fight Bradley at 147
if he somehow manages to come through. I don’t think he’s going to beat Manny,
but it’s a fight that we put to him before when he was at light-welterweight
and he turned it down twice. I wouldn’t face Manny because we are friends and
share the same trainer and there are plenty of other big fights out there.”
On
Danny Garcia and his dad
“I thought his dad acted very
disrespectfully at the press conference. Everyone is entitled to their opinion
and he has his opinion on me as a fighter which I’m going to prove wrong on
July 14th when I beat Danny Garcia.  But the way Garcia’s dad
went on, even when the talking was done and we were wrapping up the press
conference, was out of order. He showed no respect but I’m not going to let it
affect me, it’s only going to motivate me, the only one it is going to affect
is his son when I knock him out on fight night. It’s going to be a great fight
and I’m hoping we can have a number of world titles on the line, we’re just
waiting on the Lamont Peterson hearing which is taking place in a couple of
weeks before we know what belts will be up for grabs.” 
Pacquiao vs.
Bradley will be shown live on Primetime, Channel 480 on Sky and Virgin On
Demand, this Saturday night for only £14.95. Visit
www.primetimelive.co.uk or ring 0871 200 4444.