THE Manny Pacquiao camp announced on Wednesday that a bout between the Pacman and his former sparring partner Amir Khan would not happen this year.
“The fight between Pacquiao and Khan isn’t going to happen this year due to promotional differences since Manny is with Top Rank and Khan is under Golden Boy,” Pacquiao’s business partner Gerry Peñalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview on New Year’s Day.
Top Rank under Bob Arum and Golden Boy Promotion under Oscar Dela Hoya have an ongoing promotional grudge.
Khan (28-3 win-loss record with 20 knockouts) and Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw slate with 38 knockouts) were both previously under trainer Freddie Roach of the famed Wildcard gym.
But after losing to Danny Garcia via technical knockout in 2012, Khan left Roach to join Olympian trainer Virgil Hunter who trains super middleweight champion Andre Ward.
“Khan is a good fighter but very far from Manny’s skills level as overall fighter,” said Peñalosa. “Pacquiao is very fast, skillful, smart and hard-hitter, so I guess Khan will have a hard time if ever the fight will push through.”
Khan expressed his desire to fight Pacquiao after the negotiation for him to fight unbeaten American World Boxing Council welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May failed. Mayweather is likely to choose World Boxing Association welterweight champion Marcos Maida instead.
“I’d fight Manny because look it’s really a business. That will be a big fight in Dubai,” Khan told Edward Chaykovsky of boxingscene.com. “We are friends and respect each other, but I would definitely consider the fight and I’m sure he would too.”
But rumors still abound that Mayweather may still consider to finally fight Pacquiao.