Retired two-division champion Gerry Peñalosa warned that Amir Khan could prove to be a handful for Manny Pacquiao in the early rounds of their April 23 fight.
Khan won the Pac-quiao sweepstakes after the former topped an online poll created by the Filipino boxing icon. The poll asked fans who they wanted him to fight next.
Negotiations took place soon after, then the bout was officially an-nounced by both fighters on social last Sunday.
“Amir Khan is a good boxer capable of creating problems for Pacquiao in the early rounds. However, I don’t think he can totally outbox Pacquiao,” Peña-losa told GMA News Online.
“When it comes to speed nobody can beat Manny. Khan might come close when it comes to speed but I don’t think he’s faster. For sure though, Manny has the advantage when it comes to power.”
A former stablemate and sparring partner of Pacquiao, Khan proved throughout his career that he was not capable of taking big shots on top.
He lost his last fight against Saul Alvarez by knockout, and Peñalosa believed that it was just a matter of time before Pacquiao lands something big on Khan’s fragile chin.
“Pacquiao should win by late knockout, he’s stronger and Khan’s following in the middle east would make him more aggressive. Once he hits Khan with a hard shot the show will be over. He wouldn’t want this to go the full twelve rounds,” says Peñalosa.
“When it lands (Pacquiao’s left hand) it’s going to be goodnight boxing. I don’t think this is the right time for him to fight Manny because he was put to sleep by Saul Alvarez in his last fight. There might still be phobia from that loss.”