MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Amir “King” Khan says he has changed his mind regarding the result of the trilogy bout between Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez after watching the replay of the fight.
Khan, the world junior welterweight champion, initially said he thought Marquez won the bout, and that Pacquiao was lucky to escape with the win.
Pacquiao had defeated Marquez via a controversial majority decision, but many boxing analysts believe that Marquez had outpointed the Filipino champion.
Khan also advised Pacquiao to consider retirement soon, saying that the Filipino boxer could not beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. given his performance against Marquez.
Khan said he has since changed his mind and believes Pacquiao was the winner of the fight against Marquez.
“Just setting the record straight, I did not tell Pacquiao to retire,” Khan said in his Twitter account. “The time I thought it was a close fight and may have lost it or draw, but when I saw the replay, Manny won by 2-3 rounds.”
“He still has 3-5 fights in him left,” Khan added.
He says that he has a lot of respect for Pacquiao, who is his sparring partner and stable mate, as they are both trained by Freddie Roach.
“We are one team,” Khan said.
Khan is set to defend his junior welterweight titles against American boxer Lamont Peterson on December 10 in Washington DC.