If Zab Judah Beats Amir Khan, Could He Face Pacquiao in 2012?

Zab Judah could be fighting for something bigger than a win on Saturday against Amir Khan. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Amir Khan says that sparring with Wild Card stablemate Manny Pacquiao has helped prepare him for Saturday night's fight with Zab Judah:

"I'll have to be smart, listen to my trainer Freddie Roach and not make any mistakes. I've been sparring with Manny for three years. He has speed, power, great movement and is a southpaw. Sparring him will help me in this fight."

Judah and Pacquiao don't have a ton in common besides being left-handed and fast with their hands, as their attacking styles are pretty dramatically different. Actually everything besides the left-handed and fast thing is pretty dramatically different between Pacquiao and Judah.

This does bring up another question, and an idea Judah has pushed before and has been mentioned by at least a few other people: If Zab Judah wins this fight with Amir Khan, does he become a viable potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao? Judah is well-known, a win over Khan would be arguably the best of his career, and the fact is that Manny is running out of opponents unless Mayweather happens, or unless Victor Ortiz beats Mayweather.

I think the fight would at least get some consideration. Promoted by Main Events, Judah and his team have the ability to work with any promoter out there, and as the old saying goes, if it makes dollars, it makes sense.

Make no mistake about it. Saturday's fight could be even bigger than it appears for Zab Judah.

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