Manny Pacquiao Working on Fight Against Amir Khan
Welterweight world titleholder Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum announced Wednesday night that he is negotiating his next fight to be against Amir Khan. Arum, who promotes Pacquiao made a deal with Duco Events, a New Zealand promotional company for Pacquiao to defend the 147-pound belt against Australia’s Jeff Horn on April 22 in Brisbane, Australia.
May 20 has been the rumored date for the possible Pacquiao-Khan fight.
England’s Khan and former junior welterweight titleholder is the opponent Pacquiao hoped to fight, according to his Twitter account.
Arum told ESPN that the deal in Australia had fallen apart with Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), a 2012 Australian Olympian.
“The Australian deal is not going to happen now, because Manny is trying to get a fight done in the United Arab Emirates and the people there favor him fighting Amir Khan,” Arum said.
Arum is still skeptical.
“Whether it will happen or not, I just don’t know, because they have to come up with a large amount of money,” Arum said. “Manny seems to believe they will come up with the money. I have some reservations whether it will happen or not. If the money comes up, I will aid and abet the fight happening. But right now, I’m holding my powder. I don’t really know.”
Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) has been trying for the past few years to land a fight with either Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather. Khan has not fought since May, when he moved up two weight classes from welterweight and challenged then-middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez at a catchweight of 155 pounds where he was knocked in the sixth round.