18th September 2012

Freddie Roach has wished his former pupil Amir Khan all the best after their recent parting, but warned the Bolton boxer to not ever contemplate taking on Manny Pacquaio when he said; “I wish you the best Amir, but stay away from punchers, my guys are punchers.”

Roach reveals also reveals he found out on the Internet about the split but received a phone call from Amir the next day, when he said he wish the former light-welterweight champion all the best in his career.

“I read it on the Internet first and alot of people must have given him a bit of slack over there (UK) He gave me a call the next day. said Roach.

“We set up this call and we spoke and I had no hard feelings.

The Hall of Fame trainer and former fighter also responds to the news that Khan is looking to employ the services of Andre Ward’s Trainer Virgil Hunter after getting tired of playing second fiddle to Pacquiao, who Roach also trains.

“The thing is he said he doesn’t want to take a back seat to Manny Pacquaio, but now he’s going to have to take a back seat to some other fighter, because Virgil Hunter has a fighter that’s a very predominant fighter right now and Amir’s gonna have to take a back seat to him.”

“Virgil Hunter is technically a very good trainer, the work he’s done with Andre Ward they look like a good fit, but can somebody change another person? I don’t think so, Ive been trying get that over to Amir to be settled down for a long time now and with no success. He likes to exchange alot and I don’t think that’s gonna change. But I wish him the best.” added Roach.

Roach reveals that he was approached by Khan’s manager Asif Vali and was asked if he would consider dropping Manny Pacquaio and Julio Cesar Chavez and continue to work solely with Khan? – It was a request Roach scoffed at, thinking it was a joke.

“When he said it to me I said ok! Cause I thought it was a joke. Then they asked me in person and I said are you serious? That’s something I just cant do!”

Responding to the question put to him; Now that the triangle is broke between him, Khan and Pacquaio, if a fight with them or another fighter from The Wildcard gym” could be made now? Roach was sharp in his response. “Like I said I wish you the best Amir, but stay away from punchers, my guys are punchers.” 

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