Manny Pacquiao declared Amir Khan’s camp as the reason why a Pacquiao vs. Khan match-up in 2016 didn’t materialize, according to the Filipino boxer himself who blamed the British boxer’s “middle men” as the culprit why negotiations did not lead to what could have been a huge fight between the two.
Pacquiao admitted in an interview that they were in negotiations with Khan and his camp before settling for a third fight with Timothy Bradley of the United States. Others aside from Khan who were reportedly in consideration as Pacquiao’s opponent in 2016 were American boxers Terence Crawford and Adrien Broner.
“Yes, before this fight with Timothy Bradley we were negotiating and trying to fix and get it done, this fight with Amir, but it didn’t work out,” Pacquiao said to Sky Sports when asked about the probable Pacquiao vs. Khan match-up.
“There were a lot of middle men – in negotiations – a lot of representatives from him and that is the reason.”
Pacquiao settled for the third fight against Bradley and boxing fans were not too happy with the decision. It remains to be seen how the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight will sell both on gate attendance and pay-per-view buys with the fight scheduled on April 9, 2016 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.
Khan, who is one of the more popular boxers in the sport, has yet to land a big money fight in his career and was also snubbed multiple times by former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired from the sport last September.
Missing out on Pacquiao could be big for Khan in his aim to at least fight one big name fighter in his career. With the Filipino reportedly on his way out of the sport like Mayweather, Khan appears to have lost that chance again.
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