Pacquiao may face Khan if Mayweather refuses to fight

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Devon Alexander (right) throws a right at Amir Khan during the 11th round of their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP FILE PHOTO

Devon Alexander (right) throws a right at Amir Khan during the 11th round of their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP FILE PHOTO

The camp of Manny Pacquiao said that a fight against British boxer Amir Khan in Dubai would the best substitute if the megabout between Pacman and unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t happen.

“They already told me about the Amir Khan fight if ever Floyd will back out of the fight,” Pacquiao’s long time business manager Eric Pineda told The Manila Times on Thursday in a phone interview. “That’s a good fight and best substitute because it will earn a lot of money also since Khan is a very interesting fighter right now.”

Khan, 28, defeated Devon Alexander (26-3 card with 14 knockouts) via unanimous decision in Las Vegas, in December last year. Pacquiao and Khan (30-3 win-loss card with 19 knockouts) are known as friends particularly during the time when the latter was still under the tutelage of Freddie Roach.

Pineda said that he believes Pacquiao (57-5-2 card with 38 knockouts) and Mayweather (47-0 card with 26 knockouts) would sign the contract before January ends and their May 2 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas would push through.


“He [Mayweather] is going to sign it for sure. It’s all bout the hype and trying to distract Manny. Those African Americans are known for that in the US, but I believe the fight will happen,” added Pineda, also the team manager of KIA in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Besides UAE, Top Rank Promotion also disclosed that London could be an alternative venue if ever the Pacquiao-Khan fight would materialize.

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  1. I cant stop laughing right now as when floyd mayweather was talking of fighting amir khan all the fililpinos were calling floyd a coward & a cherry picker as they all said khan was a c class fiighter. Ha ha ha ha, so now all of a sudden he is a good opponent for manny but totally unworthy to fight floyd. Does that mean floyd is a much better fighter than manny or they are happy & find it ok & acceptable for manny to fight a c class fighter.
    Well he did just that with both rios & algieri so another wont make that much difference. I cant remember the last time he fought a top welterweight. & please dont tell me tim bradley is a top 10 welterweight as who other than manny has he fought let alone beat at welterweight. The only other welterweight he fiought he couldnt beat & he wasnt a top welterweight by any means.