“People Don’t Want The Brook Fight, They Want Manny”
Last week Amir Khan claimed that he and Manny Pacquiao would fight in Saudi Arabia this fall, to the shock of everyone, including Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao’s team would immediately refute that the Filipino Senator had signed a contract to fight with the former world champion, it seemed they had no idea that this was an idea to begin with.
While Khan may be trying to use the power of positive thinking to will a fight with Pacquiao, a mega-fight with fellow British boxer Kell Brook has been talked about since Khan’s 2018 comeback with Matchroom Boxing.
Yet, Khan feels no one cares if he fights the former welterweight champion.
“I don’t think it [the appetite for the Brook fight] is there anymore. Normally, I’d be walking around the streets and people would be talking about that fight, but now, people aren’t talking about that, they are talking about the Manny Pacquiao fight,” Khan said to The Evening Standard.
“People have lost interest in that fight against Brook. There are rumors he’s retired, he’s not retired, I don’t know what he is doing with his career to be honest with you – I’m ready to let it go by, I’m not bothered about it.”
About that Pacquiao fight though…
“It does put me on a downer a little bit, knowing that Manny has denied signing anything,” Khan told Standard Sport.
“Obviously I was told he had signed something so it puts a bit of confusion [out there] at the moment but that isn’t my fault, it is just what I have been told by advisers so I’m just going to carry on with my life and carry on with my boxing.”
“If the Manny fight happens, it happens. If it doesn’t happen, we move on,” Khan said. “I’ll keep myself busy, I’ll still fight in November regardless. And we will go from there see where that takes us.”
Ever the optimist, the 32-year-old Khan feels that even if it isn’t Pacquiao he faces in November, he still would be able to face championship level competition, including an “overrated” Keith Thurman.
“It shows there are fights out there,” Khan said of Thurman’s majority decision loss to Pacquiao.
“I’ve always said that Keith Thurman is a little bit overrated. Obviously he’s proved that, the way Manny beat him. Manny looked really good in his fight so it just shows with a bit of speed and movement you can cause a lot of problems for all the boxers out there.
“It was a great performance from Pacquiao he did what he needed to do and you feel it’s all up for grabs now.”
Report: The Evening Standard