Claims that Khan has agreed a deal to fight Pacquiao (right) are wide of the mark
Although Khan came top of a Twitter poll launched by Pacquiao to suggest his next opponent, it still seems clear that boxing’s only eight-division world champion will go ahead with a spring fight against Australia’s Jeff Horn.
Amir Khan came top of a poll on Twitter to decide Many Pacquiao’s next opponent
Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has dismissed Amir Khan’s claims that he is to fight the Pac-Man in Manchester or Bolton this May.
Hall of Fame veteran Arum responded to those reports by saying: ‘This is absolute, total bulls*** being generated by Khan’s team in England.’
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum called claims a deal had been agreed ‘total bulls***’
Total fights – 35
Wins – 31
Wins by knock out – 19
Losses – 4
Total fights – 67
Wins – 59
Wins by knock out – 38
Losses – 6 | Draws – 2
The only change to that discussion is a possible move of venue from Down Under to the Middle East.
Arum says: ‘Manny is being offered an insane amount of money to fight in Dubai or Abu Dhabi and is looking into that.’
Khan has been frustrated previously when super fights against both Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather appeared to be agreed but those plans were scrapped.
The former Olympic medalist and two-time world champion may have jumped the gun this time, but that would not necessarily exclude a fight against Pacquiao, if the 38-year-old continues to amalgamate boxing with his duties as a Philippines Senator, later in the year.
Khan could yet fight Pacquiao later in the year, should the senator remain in the sport
Khan has already been looking for a warm-up opponent for a fight in Britain in May.
The Bolton-born fighter is committed to training down to Pacquiao’s welterweight division.
In November last year, Pacquiao admitted he was willing to face Khan.
‘I’m willing to fight anybody,’ he said. ‘Amir Khan is my friend and it’s good to fight somebody that you know. That’s better.’
Pacquiao admitted he was willing to face Khan, who he considers to be a friend, last year