Khan: Fight With Pacquiao Sells Out A UK Stadium
If Amir Khan can stop Samuel Vargas on September 8th, he thinks the time is right for a showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
Khan takes on Vargas on September 9th in Birmingham, England, and Eddie Hearn is hoping to have Khan fight at Principality Stadium in Cardiff Wales in December. Which could be against Pacquiao.
“A Manny Pacquiao fight would be massive anywhere in the world,” Khan told Sky Sports onSunday. “He is a good fighter, a slick fighter. He’s a huge name in boxing and I am sure if he came to the UK, the UK fans would want to come and see him.”
Khan and Pacquiao reached an agreement in February 2017 to fight later that year in April, but the financial backers for their fights in the United Arab Emirates would fall through.
“There’s a lot of history between us,” Khan said. “We’ve been sparring partners, we’ve trained together, we’ve got similar styles. People know that, but regardless of what happens in the fight, however long it goes, whether it goes the distance or doesn’t go the distance, it’s gonna be a war.”
“I wanna be a world champion again. That, in my opinion, makes more sense to me than anything. I wanna become a world champion again and to win that off someone like Manny Pacquiao would be amazing.”
Hearn also is hoping to make a fight between Khan and Kell Brook happen, but Brook is no longer interested in fighting at welterweight, and Khan does not want to move up to 154 pounds to fight Brook at junior middleweight.
“I can’t afford to look past this fight and I’m not really paying any attention to it,” Khan said of any options past September 8th. “But I have read a few things about Eddie talking to people and Eddie wanting me to fight before the end of the year, so let’s see. But I really do believe I am one of the few who can sell out a stadium in the UK. It’s more than just the stadium. It’s the personality and the person who sells that fight, and it’s the dance partner as well.
“I belong in the biggest events in the UK. I am a prizefighter, but it goes beyond that. Be it in Vegas or in the UK, or anywhere in the world, it’s an event when I fight. Floyd Mayweather was the one who when he put one on didn’t call it a fight – he called it an event. Boxing is a business. It’s about putting bums on seats and it’s all about putting on a good show, so people will back for the next one.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports