The Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao told the press on Thursday through his Twitter account that negotiations are on-going between his and Amir Khan’s camp for a match.
Pacquiao took the time to log in to his account to announce to the public that the negotiation is on-going. He said that the “further announcement coming soon”
It appears that the Filipino boxing icon took seriously the results of a poll he put up on Twitter last week asking his followers who should he fight next.
The choices were: Amir Khan, Jeff Horn, Terence Crawford, and Kell Brook.
Surprisingly, Khan topped the poll with 48% votes.
There were reports from outside source that interested parties have offered Pacquiao to approve that the fight will be in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), most likely in Dubai.
Bob Arum, however, said in a tweet by ESPN Dan Rafael that he is not making plane reservations.
Rafael said in a tweet that, “If $38 million (offer) comes up, the fight will take place & if it doesn’t, there’ll be 1 guy who won’t be surprised.
Might also be because it is Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, not Arum himself, who’s handling the Dubai negotiations?
There were reports that the Top Rank boss has been in touch with representatives of Australian prospect Jeff Horn to stage a Pacquiao-Horn fight in Brisbane, Australia.
Rafael, for his part, believes Arum and Koncz aren’t aligned with their plans.
Manny Pacquiao is planning to have the bout on April, he said that “so a deal better get finalized soon so he will have around two months to train, the standard duration of his preparations for fights.”
Pacquiao has a record of 58-6-2, while Khan (31-4, with 19 KOs). And he has long wanted to get a match with either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Pacquiao. He hasn’t fought since getting knocked out by a bigger and more powerful Saul Alvarez when he challenged the WBC middleweight champion in May last year.
Luckily for Khan, he had an experienced in Team-Pacquiao as the British fighter once trained under Freddie Roach, and served as a sparring for Pacquiao before.