Khan’s profile in America has gone up following his 76-second knockout of popular, unbeaten New York challenger Dmitriy Salita in the first defence of his WBA light-welterweight crown and Roach feels he is ready to make his mark in America, and the bright lights of Las vegas.
“I would love for Amir to fight on the under card of Manny’s next fight,” said Roach, who wants Khan to spar with Pacquiao for the Mayweather showdown.
“Amir would be ready by March, no problem, for another world title defence.
“There are a lot of big names for him now, here in Britain, and in the States. Marquez is one, while Jose Luis Castillo is making a comeback and has told me he wants to fight Amir.
“The only guy I don’t want him to fight is Manny and I want him to spar with him before Mayweather.
“Amir’s speed is good for Manny and Amir is the only guy who can keep up with Manny in the gym. When they train, they are like machines.”
Roach missed Khan’s first knockdown of Salita inside the first 10 seconds of the fight, because he was climbing down the ring steps to his seat in the corner and even he was stunned by his protege’s speed and power.
Khan hurt and dropped Salita with the first punches he threw, a lightning left right hook combination and then forced the WBA’s No.1 challenger to take an eight count under another flurry of punches before finishing him off with a left hook. Roach is very happy with Amir’s progress under his experienced wing at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles and believes he can win world titles all the way up to middleweight, taking over from his other charge Manny Pacquiao.
Roach as also mentioned that this could be The Pacman’s final fight. – Pacquiao is looking at forming a congressional post in Saranggani Province, in his homeland of the Fillipines, to sit in next year’s elections and he has already set the wheels in motion for this bid by forming his own local party, the People’s Champ Movement, and setting residence in the province.
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