Pacquiao Announces He is Negotiating With Khan for Next Fight

Alyssa BaileyFeb 24, 2017

Amir Khan's long-awaited ambition to fight Manny Pacquiao edged a step closer to realisation with both fighters confirming they are in talks over a WBO world welterweight clash later this year.

Pacquiao broke with tradition last week, announcing personally on his Twitter account that the fight would take place in the UAE, and holding a poll to ask fans whom they preferred to see him fight next.

Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz told the media in Abu Dhabi this month that the Filipino's next fight would take place in the UAE.

The Filipino legend tweeted on Thursday that he and his team are in negotiations with Englishman Amir Khan for his next fight. "Further announcements coming soon", Pacquiao, 38, said on his official Twitter feed.

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The 83-year-old Arum himself appeared to have conceded Australia - and Horn for that matter - won't be having a piece of Pacquiao for the moment.

"The Australian deal is not going to happen now, because Manny is trying to get a fight done in the United Arab Emirates, and the people there favor him fighting Amir Khan", Arum reportedly said.

As the mandatory challenger to the WBC welterweight title being contested by champion Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman next weekend, Khan is aware he remains in contention to face the victor.

Since then the 30-year-old has taken time off to recover from an operation to fix a damaged hand - which Khan revealed to The Sun meant he had been fighting with a broken bone for 13 years. Arum also has said Omaha, Nebraska's Crawford won't be considered for a Pacquiao fight until later this year.

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But for the sake of the other side of the argument, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, has labeled the reports of Pacquiao taking on Khan as "total and complete bulls-t".

"The fact that Pacquiao is now tweeting about different opponents is so annoying because we were under the impression that he had agreed to fight me on April 23", Horn told the Courier-Mail.

"I thought he was a really rugged guy".

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