LONDON – Amir Khan says he has agreed a deal to battle Manny Pacquiao in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia , on November 8.
Khan, 32, scored a stoppage win over Australia’s Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia on Friday and instantly talked up the prospect of going through Pacquiao.
A proposed battle between the 2 fell by in 2017 and Pacquiao, 40, is scheduled to battle American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday.
“Signed off and finished, to get Manny Pacquiao is wonderful,” Khan mentioned.
“To have him signal that dotted line is good. Regardless of how he does in opposition to Thurman I nonetheless suppose it’s a giant battle.”
Khan emphasised Pacquiao has “signed” for the battle, although he was unsure how issues could play out if Thurman had been to pursue any rematch with Pacquiao within the occasion he loses his WBA super-welterweight title on Saturday.
“I hope it’s him however we must have a look at again up plans,” Khan added. “I’ve all the time wished to battle him. It’s the most important battle on the market for me.”
Khan has lengthy wished the possibility to face Pacquiao, one of many sport’s most embellished fighters. The Filipino is but to publicly announce any assembly with Khan and has as a substitute used his social media channels to deal with Saturday’s battle with Thurman – who’s undefeated in 29 outings.
Khan earned a reported £7m in beating Dib in Saudi Arabia over the weekend and mentioned criticism of his transfer to battle within the Center East stems from “jealousy”, including fighters “could be silly to not” reap the benefits of combating there.
Since returning to the game after nearly two years out of the ring in April of 2018, Khan has scored three wins and misplaced a controversial world-title shot in opposition to Terence Crawford when he was pulled out by his nook after a low blow.
The Bolton fighter was pressured to reply questions on whether or not he stop within the bout however he returned to the ring to beat Dib and now believes he’ll once more characteristic in an attention-grabbing contest in opposition to former sparring associate Pacquiao.
“Once I sparred him he was at his peak,” mentioned Khan. “I acquired good rounds with him and did very well. I’ve most likely sparred between 200 and 300 rounds with him. He has slowed down a bit.” Pacquiao holds a document of 61 wins, seven defeats and two attracts in a 24-year skilled profession whereas Khan has 34 wins and 5 defeats to his identify.