Khan in talks for a Pacman fight
WORLD Boxing Council welterweight silver champion Amir Khan revealed he is in talks about a showdown with Manny Pacquiao, even as he remains hopeful of fighting Floyd Mayweather despite the American’s retirement.
Sky Sports in London reported that Khan believes a fight with former stablemate Pacquiao would be “huge,” dismissing reports he could face former World Boxing Organization light-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov in his next bout.
Khan, who has not fought since defeating Chris Algieri on points in May, has been linked with a Dubai showdown with Shane Mosley, while Provodnikov claimed his handlers were in talks over a November date in America.
However, Khan told Sky Sports News HQ: “No one has approached me about that fight (vs Provodnikov). I don’t know anything about it, [Manager] Al Haymon has not even mentioned that fight to me. So I think it is just a rumor to be honest with you, but the Manny Pacquiao fight seems more likely to happen.”
Khan added: “We are working on that fight, we are speaking to [Pacquiao’s promoter] Bob Arum and his team and I think if that is going to happen, it will happen early next year. It’s a good fight for me. We know each other quite well, we’ve done up to 100 rounds of sparring. I used to train with Freddie Roach before so it makes a good story line as well.”
Khan, who parted ways with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach after losing back to back against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, believes “it is a good time to catch Manny Pacquiao now, I think it would be a huge fight, I don’t know where it’s going to be yet, but we are talking terms and negotiating if we can make the fight happen.”
Aside from training with Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, Khan also worked out with Pacquiao in the Philippines summer capital of Baguio City for some weeks.
Khan, who had campaigned to fight Mayweather in the American’s swan song, paid tribute to the pound-for-pound king after he hung up his gloves following his 49th straight win.
“I’m obviously very upset I didn’t get the fight. We have to remember him as a great fighter. He was a very good fighter, what he did in boxing, all the entertainment, the showbiz and everything. Not a lot of people liked him, people thought he was very arrogant or disrespectful but that’s what type of character he was.He was just nice to watch, he was just one of those funny guys to watch, but in the ring he backed it all up with his boxing skills, speed and power,” said Khan.
He added: “He is going to be remembered as a great fighter, obviously I am upset I didn’t share a ring with him and give him his first loss because I really believed I had the tools to do that, but he’s always going to be remembered. Who knows, he might come back for the 50th fight, I can’t see him retiring. I know what Floyd Mayweather is like, I’ve spent time with him, I’ve been in the gym with him, he’s a guy who can’t stay in one place. So I really believe he will come back for that 50th fight and I really think he will go for that Amir Khan versus Floyd Mayweather.”