Old pal Manny Pacquiao in Amir Khan’s Sights
By: Niall Hickman
Khan returns to the ring for the ?rst time in more than a year on Saturday as he moves up to the welterweight division against Luis Collazo in Las Vegas. And he knows that an impressive victory could tee up a clash with his former sparring partner Pacquiao.
Khan used to train alongside the Filipino under the tutelage of Freddie Roach and vowed never to face Pacquiao due to their close friendship, but now he is coached by Virgil Hunter and the Bolton boxer says he haschanged his mind.
“You never say never in boxing, said Khan. “There was a time when I said a ?ght between me and Manny wouldn’t happen because we trained in the same gym under the same coach, but that was then and this is now.
“Would I ?ght Manny? Of course I would. If it was the right offer and the right place, yes, I think that could happen. You always have to keep an open mind about these things.”
Victory over Collazo could also leave Mayweather in Khan’s sights. The American headlines the main event in Saturday’s line-up against Marcos Maidana, who Khan beat on points four years ago.
Khan, 27, admits New Yorker Collazo will be a tough opponent, having been stopped only once in his long career.
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