Nearly a month after jointly announcing through their social media accounts that they would fight, Amir Khan isn’t nearly as confident he and Manny Pacquiao actually will share a ring in the foreseeable future.
Now that supposed investors from the United Arab Emirates haven’t delivered the $38 million guarantee they promised to bring Pacquiao-Khan to that country, Khan is exploring other options for later this spring.
Khan(l) and Pacquiao
He told BoxingScene.com in a video interview that he expects to return to the ring sometime late in April or early in May, but the former IBF/WBA super lightweight champion didn’t name potential opponents.
“A lot of people are talking about Manny Pacquiao,” Khan said. “That fight may happen, may not happen. But I’m not even focusing on that because I’ve been let down that many times in boxing, where fights were meant to happen.
“There was a poll he did [through Pacquiao’s Twitter account], and I got 50 percent of the votes. People said, ‘You should fight Amir.’ But look, if that fight happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’m looking at other options. I spoke to [manager] Al Haymon and he is looking at opponents for me, also. He’s also looking at a date [and] venue.
“I left it to my team to speak to Manny and his adviser, Michael,” Khan said. “If the fight happens, it makes sense for both of us. It’s a big fight.