MANILA, Philippines – Looks like WBA and IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson of the US won’t be fighting Manny Pacquiao in mid-2012.
This is after the WBA ordered his immediate rematch against Britain’s Amir Khan, whom he defeated via a controversial split decision last December.
"The WBA ordered an immediate rematch. I'm thrilled that he's getting one and hope we can start the negotiations and get the fight done," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said in ESPN.com.
Khan appealed for a rematch following his loss to Peterson. The British boxer questioned a 2-point deduction imposed on him during the bout.
Referee Joe Cooper deducted 2 points from Khan in Rounds 7 and 12 for pushing Peterson. The call was seen by boxing pundits as controversial.
Peterson is included in Pacquiao’s short list of opponents for May or June this year.
Other fighters included in the list are Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley and Miguel Cotto.
Pacquiao also said he is open to fight unbeaten American champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. if the latter agrees to his conditions.
The 8-divison titlist from the Philippines wants to fight Mayweather in late May.
He also wants a 50-50 split of purse for the superfight.