Pacquiao's KO felt by Khan
Amir Khan admits old sparring partner Manny Pacquiao's nasty knockout last weekend gave him plenty of food for thought as he prepares to meet Carlos Molina on Saturday.
The Briton takes on undefeated local lad Molina in Los Angeles desperate to put on a performance after defeats in his last two fights. His American counterpart is a huge underdog for the fight but Khan is wary of underestimating him, especially after his old friend Pacquiao was rendered unconscious by Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday.
"(Molina) is seen as the massive underdog but I never treat anyone as an underdog going into a fight. Look at Manny Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto against Robert Guerrero - I tipped the guys who lost," said Khan.
"This is why boxing is the best sport in the world - and the toughest sport in the world - because you just don't know what your opponent is going to bring to the table.
"I got caught with a shot against (Danny) Garcia. Look at how Manny Pacquiao got caught the other day by a guy he should have beaten. That's the sport we're in, where one punch can change a fight."
Khan (26-3, 18KOs) continued: "Molina is a tough guy, he comes forward, he's confident because he's never tasted defeat before.
"People can say all sorts, such as he's never fought anyone as good as me, but he's had a lot fewer fights like me and he's stepping up to world class so he's going to be training twice as hard and putting himself through the pain barrier.
"Having brothers who have been champions and won world titles is only going to give him that extra push. We know he's dangerous, we know he's going to come at us.
"Having the fight in LA, his backyard, always motivates a fighter that little bit more too. It's only going to lift him. Look what it did to Lamont Peterson when I fought him in Washington last year. I'm sure it will motivate Molina the same way.
"I think by coming to his town to fight him shows what sort of character I am, too, by fighting someone again in their backyard. But that's the way I like it."
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