Khan continues to bat for Pacquiao fight


Posted at Jul 01 2014 04:20 PM | Updated as of Jul 02 2014 12:20 AM

British boxer Amir Khan continues to make his case for a bout against Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao, saying he is willing to fight the former pound-for-pound king anywhere.

Khan has made it clear that he is targeting a fight against Pacquiao, his former stablemate, and that bout is now possible with the Cold War between Golden Boy and Top Rank starting to thaw.

"Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum have put their differences aside, and they want to work together and co-promote fights in the future," said Khan, as quoted by The National. "Why not an Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao fight?"

Khan and Pacquiao both used to be trained by Hall-of-Famer Freddie Roach, but the British-Pakistani boxer has since split from Roach and hired Virgil Hunter.

He is also now competing at the welterweight division, where Pacquiao has campaigned in the last few years and holds the World Boxing Organization title.

"We are both fighting next in November or December, so everything is perfect for us to fight," said Khan. "It's speed, explosiveness and entertainment from both fighters, and that is what fans want from boxing right now."

Pacquiao is set to return on November 22 in a bout that will likely be held in Macau, where he has already fought once before. Khan said he is willing to fight Pacquiao anywhere, be it Las Vegas, Macau or Dubai.

"I think because of our fan bases, Dubai would be the perfect location," said Khan. "But if I'm being honest, the officials there are not fully ready to host a boxing event of this magnitude."

Khan believes a fight between him and Pacquiao will be an easy sell, considering the history between them.

"We have a good history together: we both were trained by Freddie Roach, we sparred together hundreds of times, and we are friends," said Khan. "But boxing is a business, and I want to fight him and beat him, and then fight Floyd Mayweather in May next year. That's my target."

The former light-welterweight champion is also confident that he has a great chance of upsetting Pacquiao, the only fighter to win titles in eight different weight divisions.

"Manny is slowing down," Khan claimed. "As we have seen in his past three fights, he is not the same Manny."