There is no love lost between Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather Sr. In an interview with Chris Robinson of Boxing Scene, Senior throws Roach under the bus for this loss.
"I don't want to say too much about those people, but I think that's definitely the problem I think. Because there aint no way in hell that I would have had Amir Khan fighting like that. Amir Khan was all over the place, throwing crazy, wild-ass punches and I've done seen some women fight way better than that. Laila Ali fights better than that, shit. He was all over, he was throwing punches from across the street and he's an awkward guy but he can fight better than that. All I can say is he needs some more work, a lot of work matter of fact."
Senior went on to comment on the controversy surrounding the point deductions of referee Joe Cooper.
"Then you got this guy here, Amir Khan, I don't know why he thinks he won the fight. I'm going to tell you this right here. They were trying to say the guy was doing some hometown stuff, the referee. But the referee, I thought, had warned him. The referee already told him and Amir Khan didn't do that. So that's why the referee ended up taking points from him. It's obvious, because I heard the referee tell him. The referee didn't do nothing wrong. Amir Khan did something wrong. He kept doing what he shouldn't have been doing."
I always take what Senior says about his "enemies" with a grain of salt, but I think he might be on to something with his criticism of Roach. I wouldn't say that Khan was fighting "all crazy" but he certainly did not have a good game plan once Peterson started to amp up the pressure. When Peterson was starting to come on in the fight, Roach's advice in the corner was essentially don't stay in the pocket and throw punches up the middle. I would have liked to see Freddie encouraging Khan to use his feet and not let Peterson get close to him. Tell him to fight from the outside since Khan had gigantic advantages from out there.
Also, in the interview is Senior calling for Peterson to work behind the jab a bit more, but that's not the point. When a guy is jumping in with head and you are the faster fighter, you should be able to move out of the way and tag the guy when he is coming in. From the post-fight interview, it seemed that Khan had no idea what to do with a pressure fighter saying something like ‘what are you supposed to do when a guy is leading with his head in front of his front foot?' Being unprepared for a likely situation is solely the fault of the training staff, beginning with Freddie Roach. I'm not sure that Roach can help Khan effectively box from the back foot, something that a fast fighter should absolutely know how to do. I would like to see Khan move to trainer that can teach him how to box on the back foot. Unfortunately, one of the best in the business at that is Senior and he doesn't want any part of Khan. Do you guys think that Khan should move to a different trainer or can Freddie teach him the slickness he desperately needs?