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Khan may leave Roach due to Pacquiao commitment

ESPN staff
July 18, 2012

Amir Khan has ruled out the option of him retiring following his shock defeat to Danny Garcia, but confessed Freddie Roach's partnership with Manny Pacquiao may lead to a split with the world renowned coach.

Khan was stunned by a fourth-round stoppage against Garcia and later hinted at cracks in his relationship with Roach. The Brit has now explained that he may not be prepared to continue following fellow Roach student, Pacquiao, across the world.

"Freddie's a good trainer, I'm taking the blame, it was my fault," Khan told Sky Sports News. "But there were things we should not have done in training camp. We'll sit down and talk through that. I'm not blaming anyone, I'm not pointing the finger, I made mistakes in the ring.

"I'm going to look at my options. I'll sit down with my team this week and see where we go from there. I'm happy with Freddie but there are things I want to change, so I'll speak to my team and see how they feel.

"It's not a decision I'll jump into, I want to take my time and maybe watch the fight again. I'll see where I need to improve, and if Freddie can improve me in those departments. I'm at the point in my career now where, if I am going to pick another trainer, I have to pick the right one. I need to not make these mistakes again.

"One of the big things was being away from home for so long, this camp was about five months. It's a long time to spend away from home.

"Also with Manny being the No. 2 [in the world], I'm not taking anything away from Manny because he deserves to be the No. 1 [in Roach's eyes]. But me travelling to the Philippines and back, and then to LA and back, it's a long flight. It takes a lot out of a 25-year-old.

"I need to speak to Freddie, speak to my team and then we'll know what I'm going to do."

Addressing comments from Carl Froch, who was quoted as saying he would consider retirement if in Khan's shoes, Khan insisted there was no chance of hanging up his gloves.

"My future is boxing, my heart is in boxing, and my next fight will be in December this year. When people say I should give up and retire, it makes me laugh. I'm only 25, I've done things so young, people forget that my best years are still ahead of me."

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