Amir Khan, who trains alongside Manny Pacquiao in Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym, says he'll tell his friend and frequent sparring partner to consider retirement after Saturday's tough outing against Juan Manuel Marquez. From the Telegraph:
"I’m going to tell Manny to consider retirement and not go on too long. He has some serious thinking to do – he was lucky and he got away with it against Márquez."
... Khan believes the demands on Pacquiao from the worlds of politics and business may be taking their toll. "Look, he has so much on his plate, and on the strength of this performance, he wouldn’t beat Floyd Mayweather Jnr. For his sake, we have to be honest. He is my friend."
Last night, Top Rank officially passed word on to Golden Boy and Floyd Mayweather's team that they won't be negotiating with Floyd for a May 5 fight, instead choosing to focus on a potential fourth clash with Marquez. That has met some criticism, as expected. Pacquiao, according to strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, greatly desires a fourth fight with Marquez, but Juan Manuel himself is contemplating retiring at age 38. There's no guarantee they can get Marquez to fight a fourth time, but that's the plan.
Previous plans have been for Pacquiao to retire after 2013 and focus on his political career, according to Bob Arum, who says they have a contract with Manny that runs through that year.
Khan next fights on December 10 in Washington, D.C., facing Lamont Peterson on HBO and Sky Sports.