With Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao tentatively set to return inside the ring April of next year, one name stands out to be his next opponent.
British fighter Amir Khan recently said he is pumped at the possibility of going head-to-head against the eight-division world champion. This, amid the recent emergence of Terence Crawford’s name as a potential opponent for Pacquiao.
Khan insisted he remains unfazed and told BBC Sport that he is confident he will land the megabuck deal to square off against the Philippines’ pride.
A battle with Khan will be Pacquiao’s first bout since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May. The 36-year-old is still recovering from the rotator cuff tear he sustained in their welterweight clash.
Khan has posted victories in his last three fights – getting impressive wins against Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander, and Chris Algieri. He said he is ready to step up to the plate against the aging Pacquiao, who also serves as a congressman in the Philippines’ southern province of Sarangani.
For the fight to happen, Khan says his camp and Pacquiao’s representatives have to come up with a win-win situation.
Khan and Pacquiao used to be stable mates and sparring partners in Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.
Top Rank big boss and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum had earlier said that Pacquiao’s future in-ring rival will be named after the Tim Bradley-Brandon Rios bout on November 7.
Should Bradley romp off with the victory, his name will be put in the mix along with Khan and Crawford.
The April fight date would likely be Pacquiao’s last time to set foot inside the boxing ring as he is bent on being a full-time politician.
It can be recalled that he filed his candidacy for senator last month for the national elections slated on May 2016.