Several weeks ago, promoter Bob Arum had confirmed that he had a deal in place that would see Manny Pacquiao take on Australian Jeff Horn on April 22 in Brisbane, but that appears to be out the window now as Pacquiao announced via his Twitter page that he was hoping to face Amir Khan instead.
My team and I are in negotiations with Amir Khan for our next fight. Further announcement coming soon. #TeamPacquiao pic.twitter.com/nW5jpmwVJs
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 23, 2017
Moments later, Khan himself also posted on his Twitter page confirmation of those discussions.
What do think?
Currently negotiating with Manny #teampacquiao. Coming soon. Watch this space!
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 23, 2017
Arum told ESPN that the fight with Horn was “not going to happen now, because Manny is trying to get a fight done in the United Arab Emirates and the people there favor him fighting Amir Khan.”
The promoter also noted that if a fight between Pacquiao and Khan does happen, it would have to be in April or June since the senate in the Philippines is in session in mid-May.