Arum: Pacquiao-Khan Reports Are False
Bob Arum, the Top Rank chief executive promoting world champion Manny Pacquiao, has said there’s no truth to reports coming out of the United Kingdom that Pacquiao versus Amir Khan is a sure thing.
The Courier Mail described Arum, who is in Las Vegas, as being "angry" when commenting on the planned fight.
According to a Times of London report, Pacquiao-Khan is set for May 20.
"The Amir Khan story has come out of nowhere. It is total and complete bulls***," Arum said, adding that the Pacquiao-Jeff Horn option is still "up in the air."
Horn’s camp in Australia has said that it continues to talk to Arum about holding the fight in Brisbane on April 23.
Last week, Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s Manila-based Canadian adviser, said his team isn’t going to Brisbane.
In a report that came out on Gulf News, Koncz said the fight will happen in the United Arab Emirates "100%."
In a previous story, Koncz said, "We have had a successful bond with (Arum) but Manny is the boss."
Arum told the Courier Mail a group in Dubai is offering Pacquiao an "insane amount of money" to have the fight happen in the Middle East.
"Whether (the offer) is real or not real — he is determined to explore it to see if it has any validity. That’s all I can say."