Pacquiao Pursuing Fight With Amir Khan
While Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has denied that there is any truth to the rumors of a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, it appears that Pacquiao is not on the same page. The Filipino welterweight champion announced Wednesday that he is pursuing a fight with Khan.
Arum had originally announced that he had made a deal with New Zealand promoters Duco Events to have Pacquiao fight Jeff Horn in Australia.
Though that fight was seemingly finalized and announced, Pacquiao and his adviser Michael Koncz have reportedly been negotiating with a group from the United Arab Nations about fighting there for his next bout.
Then Pacquiao complicated things further when he announced on social media that he was in talks with Khan.
"My team and I are in negotiations with Amir Khan for our next fight. Further announcement coming soon," Pacquiao wrote.
The Filipino boxer’s next fight is now up in the air, as Arum remains skeptical about a fight with Khan getting made. He did tell ESPN, however, that the fight in Australia has fallen through because of Pacquiao’s desire to chase a deal for a UAB fight.
"The Australian deal is not going to happen now, because Manny is trying to get a fight done in the United Arab Emirates and the people there favor him fighting Amir Khan," Arum said.
"Whether it will happen or not, I just don’t know, because they have to come up with a large amount of money," Arum said. "Manny seems to believe they will come up with the money. I have some reservations whether it will happen or not. If the money comes up, I will aid and abet the fight happening. But right now, I’m holding my powder. I don’t really know."
While there have been rumors of a May 20 fight between Pacquiao and Khan, Arum shot that date down.
"May 20 is a non-starter. The senate in the Philippines [in which Pacquiao serves] is in session then," Arum said. "Maybe in April or maybe June, but not May."