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.