Khan Sees Manny As Retirement Plan
For Amir Khan, a fight against Manny Pacquiao this fall in Saudi Arabia is not only something he and his team tried to will into existence but his last chance at glory inside the ring.
Khan, who won the WBC international welterweight title earlier this month stopping an undersized Billy Dib, announced before Pacquiao’s fight against Keith Thurman, that the two had signed for a fight in Saudi Arabia that November.
Mere hours after Khan’s announcement in a gym in his native Bolton, England, Pacquiao’s team claimed that their fighter had not signed nor even heard of a potential fight with Khan.
“I was just told what to say in the press conference by my advisors,” Khan told The Daily Star. “I think it was all very badly handled… I just think the only way a fight like that will happen is if me and Pacquiao sit together and talk,” Khan continued.
“We’ll see if it happens next year. We both know it’s a big fight which can make a lot of money.
“Look, it’s the final chapter now. A couple of more fights – honestly. I’ve done well in the sport financially, winning titles and making a name for myself.”
“It’s all about now just enjoying the last bit – the last few fights – and just calling it a day really,” Khan told the news outlet following the fourth fight of his comeback.
“You’re always just one punch away from getting hurt. I never want that one punch to land on me, you know? Before it’s too late… so let’s see how it goes.”
“I’ve worked with him for years and years – I know him quite well,” Khan said of his former sparring partner, Pacquiao, who won the WBA super welterweight championship last weekend. “I think honestly I’d give him a lot of problems. He fought Thurman who’s got slow feet and slow hands.
“With me he’ll have a lot of problems because I move my hands fast, have better footwork and more head movement. I wouldn’t just stand there and get hit.
“You have to still give him credit, but he’s not the same Pacquiao he was a couple of years ago.”
Report: The Daily Star