Hi, this is Amir Khan, the unified WBA Super and IBF light welterweight champion, and I’m in Las Vegas with Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza because of Manny Pacquiao’s big fight against Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday.
I have been training with Manny for the past six weeks so I know his style very well at this point, and I think he is going to be too strong for Marquez, who seems too big in his upper body.
Pacquiao's speed and power will help give him the advantage over Marquez, as they meet for the third time. Their first fight, in 2004, ended in a draw. Manny won a split decision in the first rematch in 2008.
Here are my five reasons why Pacquiao is going to win Saturday.
Manny is just too fast, and in the modern age of boxing, speed has become a crucial tool to any fighter’s arsenal. I’ve been in camps with Manny for three years now and he is looking just as fast now as he did when I first saw him.
As the saying goes, "speed kills," and Manny has that in abundance. He will be too quick in getting his shots off for Marquez.
Photo: Pacquiao lands a jab against Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011.
At 38, Marquez is six years older than Pacquiao, and because of the type of fighter he is, he has been in a lot of wars. He has aged since their previous two fights and this was shown against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who outboxed Marquez convincingly.
I think Manny is still at the pinnacle of his career, whereas this could be Marquez’s last significant payday. His punch resistance might not be the same.
Photo: Marquez rises after a knockdown in his 2009 loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Nacho Beristain is a good trainer and I’m sure he’ll put a game plan together for Marquez, but in Freddie Roach you have the best trainer in the world, bar none.
Freddie will give Manny the perfect tactics for the fight and how to approach it. I know Manny and Freddie would have been working on drills on how to attack Marquez. Manny picks things up fast, so he would have learnt from the previous two fights how to fight Marquez.
Photo: Pacquiao works out with Freddie Roach.
Pacquiao has telling power in both hands that can KO any of his opponents. It is clear Pacquiao has developed a really potent right hand now, whereas before the Erik Morales fight, he didn’t have that.
I remember Roach saying that was one of the main things he wanted to work on after Manny lost on points to Morales. Marquez will have to contend with that and the fact Manny has great lateral movement and is able to punch with both hands. I think it’s going to be a hard night for him.
Photo: Pacquiao knocks down Miguel Cotto on the way to a 12th-round TKO in 2009.
The last two encounters between Pacquiao and Marquez were at featherweight and super featherweight. Manny has proven that he can move up the divisions without it affecting him, and now they’re fighting at a catchweight of 144 pounds.
I think size will play an important role. Marquez has tried to do something about this, and from what I’ve seen he is looking very heavy on top, which will harm him more than help him. It’s easy for Manny to make the weight and still be a real threat.
Photo: Pacquiao was more than 20 pounds lighter than he is today when he beat Lehlohonolo Ledwaba for the IBF super bantamweight championship in 2001.
Amir Khan is the WBA and IBF light-welterweight boxing champion. Tickets for his fight against Lamont Peterson, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, are available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or by purchasing them online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans travelling from the U.K. are available for purchase online at Sportscorporation.com or by calling 0845 163 0845.