Amir “King” Khan does not believe WBO world welterweight king Manny Pacquiao can knockout WBO light welterweight titleholder “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley tonight when he defends his belt at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan (26-2, 18 KOs), who illegitimately relinquished his IBF and WBA world light welterweight crowns to juicehead Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) on a suspect split decision loss in December at the Convention Center in “Havoc’s” hometown of Washington, D.C., and Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) both work with four-time Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach.
“I’m always going to back my training partner in this fight because he’s been in with better competition and reigned for such a long time,” said Khan, 25, a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured a silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece. “But 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 there’s no doubt Bradley will come to fight. Seeing him train on HBO’s 24/7, he seems focused and confident.”
“Desert Storm,” a fundamentally sound and allegedly dirty prizefighter, is a Herculean specimen in absolutely peak physical condition.
“That muscle looks really good – but that’s all it is: he’s slow, he can’t punch… I don’t see any problems,” said Roach, 52, a native of Dedham (Mass.) who made history with his two brothers when all three of them battled on the same fight card at the Boston Garden in June 1982.
As evidenced by his paltry knockout percentage, Roach is correct that Bradley (28-0-0-1, 12 KOs) has feathery fists and won’t be physically capable of damaging “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” when they scrap.
Khan contends “Pac-Man’s” struggle, and extremely controversial majority decision triumph, over Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) in their third match last November in “Sin City” could benefit Bradley.
“Manny’s not performed at his best in his last few fights, so that might be on Bradley’s side,” said Khan, who at 22 became one of the youngest British world champions ever. “No matter what, it’s going to be one of those tough and crazy fights that boxing fans want to see.”
The 28-year-old Bradley, who is presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, is also a former two-time light welterweight champ who has trumped solid pugilists Peterson and Devon Alexander.
Unfortunately for the undefeated challenger, the 33-year-old Pacquiao, voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, is blessed with superior hand-speed, accuracy and punching power and his footwork is utterly elite.
“There’s no doubt Bradley will come to fight.”
Nevertheless, Manny Pacquiao will ultimately retain his title by a ninth round knockout in approximately six-hours in “one of those tough and crazy fights.”by