Amir Khan makes Manny Pacquiao prediction – date and venue revealed | Boxing | Sport


Khan and Pacquaio have been mooted to fight before and came close to agreeing terms back in the summer of 2017 before the Filipino decided to take on Jeff Horn.

Discussions for the former stable-mates to fight once again came to fruition at the end of 2018 before Khan accepted a bout to take on welterweight king Terence Crawford.

The Bolton-born fighter lost the fight via sixth-round TKO while Pacquaio secured a huge pay-per-view clash with Keith Thurman for the American’s WBA ‘Super’ welterweight strap on July 20.

Khan, who takes on Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat in a big-money fight being staged and funded by Saudi Arabia on July 12, believes he will finally come up against Pacquaio later this year.

“There’s been lots of talk about me and Manny fighting for years, going back to when we were together under Freddie [Roach],” Khan said.

“It’s a fight I’d love and now it looks like it will finally happen in the autumn.

“I want to get back in the mix. That’s why I took this fight so soon after Crawford.

“I know I haven’t got long left and I want to make the most of what’s left of my career.

“I’m only interested in big fights and a fight with Manny Pacquiao would definitely be a big fight.”

Pacquaio is the only boxer in history of win world titles at eight different weight divisions, while Khan is a former multi-weight champ of his own.

The two used to train together under Freddie Roach at legendary coach’s Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles.

Should Pacquaio beat Thurman and become world champion once again, Khan would see the opportunity to fight the 40-year-old as his last crack at world title gold.

Khan has to get past Goyat, though, in a fight being billed as ‘Nations Connet’.

British-Pakistani Khan sees his fight with Goyat in the middle-east as another chapter in India’s long-held rivalry with Pakistan.

The two will be fighting for a specially commissioned WBC Pearl welterweight belt.

Pacquaio finds himself in a near 50-50 fight with Thurman, whose last outing saw him scrape past Josesito Lopez after 22 months out of the ring with a biceps injury.

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