Khan-Pacquiao Deal is “Dead”, Per Arum
The details of Manny Pacquiao’s next fight have been convoluted to say the least, and a lack of clarity remains even after reports that he would be fighting Amir Khan. Now, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has said that the talks of a fight between Pacquiao and Khan have gone cold, and the deal is "dead".
Pacquiao was reportedly set to fight Khan on May 19 in the United Arab Emirates, but Arum had said the fight was not completely done. It appears that he was right, as he now told ESPN that Khan will not be Pacquiao’s next opponent:
On Tuesday Arum told ESPN that the UAE deal for Pacquiao-Khan was dead, that Pacquiao won’t face Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) next and that Koncz was on his way back to the Philippines to tell Pacquiao that the $38 million was nothing but a fantasy.
"Michael is on his way back to meet with Manny but it’s kaddish for the UAE deal. It’s dead," Arum said. "I’m talking to him about another proposal for another fight, not Khan. Khan won’t be Manny’s next opponent."
Arum had originally said that Pacquiao was fighting Jeff Horn in Australia, but Pacquiao and his handlers apparently sought out the Khan fight instead. Now that that fight is off the table, it is unclear who the Filipino boxing legend will fight.