One of the main concerns that supporters have of their fighters is that the pugilist at hand may lose their focus or hunger after getting a taste of the championship spotlight. They say that while it is extremely hard getting to the top, it is even harder staying there and far too often we have seen champions with great potential have runs of success much shorter than expected.
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So it should definitely be noted that Manny Pacquiao doesn’t appear to be leaving any room for error heading into his November 13th bout with Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. While the bout with the Tijuana brawler certainly wasn’t welcomed with open arms it definitely seems to be a fight that Pacquiao is giving his full attention after reports of his rigorous sparring sessions.
Pacquiao is currently preparing in Baguio City in the Philippines and has been working with the likes of undefeated New Jersey prospect Glen Tapia and junior middleweight contender Michael Medina, with Vanes Martirosyan and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. likely to join the camp soon. And just when it seemed like the party couldn’t get any livelier, it looks now that Lancashire’s Amir Khan will be joining Team Pacquiao in the coming days.
“I’m flying out to Philippines tomorrow,” Khan recently said on his personal Twitter account. “I will be training with Freddie and Alex alongside Manny Pacquiao.”
The 23-year old Khan is definitely a special talent and has shown much perseverance in rebounding from a crushing September 2008 knockout loss at the hands of Breidis Prescott. Khan is in position to defend his WBA junior welterweight belt against power-punching Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada and working alongside Pacquiao overseas will be a fine start to his own preparation.
Khan arrived in Los Angeles on September 29th and has been training at the Wild Card Gym for the past week. He will return with Pacquiao and other members of the camp in the third week of October to resume training at the Wild Card before breaking to Texas to be a part of fight week for the Pacquiao-Margarito clash.
While Roach is beyond adamant in stating that Pacquiao is the best fighter in the world, he has never shied away from his belief that Khan is the best fighter at 140 pounds, easily tabbing him to beat the likes of Maidana and fellow champions Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander. It has also been rumored that Khan could be a potential foe to Floyd Mayweather roughly a year from now but everything must come one step at a time and Khan’s next move will be a simple plain flight overseas as he continues to chase his own greatness while helping Pacquiao with his.
Chris Robinson is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at Trimond@aol.com