A date has finally been set for the long-awaited fight between Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao, with the bout scheduled, in principle, for 9th November.
The two had verbally agreed to a welterweight clash in 2017 before the deal fell through. Both trained under Freddie Roach at his California gym, the Wildcard Boxing Club, and even sparred there a decade ago.
“I’m only interested in big fights and a fight with Manny Pacquiao would definitely be a big fight,” Khan told The Mirror.
But before the pair square off they each have their own battles to face.
Khan, 32, will fight Neeraj Goyat on July 12th in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia after having lost against Terence Crawford in April, and Pacquiao, 40, will come up against Keith Thurman just a week later at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao (izquierda) y Keith Thurman se encaran durante una conferencia de prensa para promover su pelea, el 21 de mayo de 2019, en Nueva York (AP Foto/Andres Kudacki)
Manny Pacquiao squaring off against Keith Thurman. (AP Foto/Andres Kudacki)
“There’s been lots of talk about me and Manny fighting for years, going back to when we were together under Freddie,” said the former unified light-welterweight champion.
“It’s a fight I’d love and now it looks like it will finally happen. I want to get back in the mix. That’s why I took this fight so soon after Crawford.
When asked about the upcoming matches, Khan said: “Hopefully, he’ll win, I’ll win and we can make it after that.
“I know I haven’t got long left and I want to make the most of what’s left of my career.”