UK’s former world boxing champion Amir Khan may soon face eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao. Allegedly, the 30-year-old Brit has already agreed to terms with Pacquiao’s promoter Top Rank chief Bob Arum.
The fight between Khan and Pacquiao, 38, has already been proposed two years ago, according to reports. However, Pacquiao, who is also a Philippine senator, apparently backed out of the deal. The WBO welterweight champ has apparently initiated an online poll that allowed his fans to choose his next match. The results reveal that Khan is the top choice, the Courier Mail reports.
Many believe that this fight could possibly be held in the United Arab Emirates but Khan’s team say that they could make it happen at the Macron Stadium. It is believed that Khan’s team, now with Asif Vali, has spoken to Arum last month when they were at the fight between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas.
Reports also say that Khan’s plan is initially to fight in a tune-up match after his hand surgery, which he got after his defeat by Mexican Saul “Canelo’’ Alvarez. However, Khan apparently is eager to jump at any chance to fight the Filipino boxer, who is actually Khan’s former training partner at Freddie Roach’s Wildcard gym in Los Angeles.
After his last fight, Khan confessed that moving up in weight to fight his Mexican opponent was not a good idea. Alvarez beat him in round six at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada in 2016. The Brit also said that he risked long-term health issues. However, this was not the first time he tried to match up against heavier boxers.
“I did a similar thing to when Kell Brook fought Gennady Golovkin when I fought Canelo, I think Canelo was around 185 pounds when he walked into the ring, 190 pounds almost. I think it was a bad decision, though, maybe for both of us. I don’t think it’s healthy for smaller fighters to do that because we are risking our lives,” Khan told World Boxing News.
“When you’re fighting someone coming in at a massive weight, it’s a huge difference because these guys are really big and very strong. These guys are dangerous at their own weight, let alone fighting against guys who are smaller.”
Also last year, the Philippine senator defeated WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas after 12 rounds. After defeating Vargas, who is a decade younger, he finally took back the belt he used to own.