Khan is Pacman’s likeliest next foe

BOTH eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum and his longtime adviser Michael Koncz, agree that Britain’s Amir Khan is the best choice for the Filipino boxing icon’s return to the ring following his disappointing May 2 loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Arum has been in talks with Khan’s handlers, while Koncz and Pacquiao, who met the World Boxing Council welterweight Silver champion  earlier this year in a London Gym and agreed to fight sometime this year, before the lucrative Mayweather fight came along, have indicated a fight against Khan sometime in the first quarter of next year, is likely.

The Philippines’ eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao waves to his supporters upon his arrival at the “Philippine Festa” in Tokyo. Pacquiao said he would open a gym in Tokyo. AFP

Arum, however, has one condition before a deal is done--Pacquiao must be  checked out by the doctor, who operated on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder last May 7, with the doctor giving him the clearance to fight.

Pacquiao himself has made it clear his injury is fully healed even as he continues to play basketball to prove his injury had healed completely.

According to Koncz, the second choice is International Boxing Federation champion Kell Brook.

Whoever the opponent is, the the fight will take place in Las Vegas, although Dubai has been mentioned as a possible venue.

Pacquiao and Khan used to train under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at his Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles and also in the Philippine summer capital of Baguio City and have even sparred against each other, although there is a difference of perception on who got the upper hand, with Roach insisting it was Pacquiao, while Khan disputes the claim.

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