Boxing legend Manny Pacquaio "could fight in Abu Dhabi"?
What’s On has news of Abu Dhabi maybe hosting world championship boxing. A Manny Pacquaio v Amir Khan fight in Abu Dhabi has been touted.
Abu Dhabi capital is being touted as a potential venue for a world title boxing bout between Manny Pacquaio and Amir Khan.
The news comes after the Filipino superstar met with the British boxer, who is Pakistani decent, in London earlier this month.
While Pacquaio is awaiting confirmation of the much-anticipated duel with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr., his team has said a bout with the 28-year-old Khan would be the next best thing.
The British welterweight had previously trained alongside the Pac Man and insisted they would never square up in the ring. However, it now seems that both men are open to the idea.
“Just in case Floyd doesn’t come through we regard Amir as the best possible alternative,” said Pacquiao’s advisor Michael Koncz.
“He and Manny would make for a very exciting fight and Manny would be more than happy to do it at Wembley Stadium. We are looking at that possibility and also Abu Dhabi.”
A match in Abu Dhabi would make sense given both of the boxers large fan bases from expatriates based here in the Gulf.
Manny Pacquaio is an eight-division world champion and has set a self-imposed deadline of January 31 for Mayweather to agree to the long-awaited boxing match. Currently boasting a record of 47 wins, Mayweather is coy about stepping into the ring with the Pinoy powerhouse.
Khan, who has a record of 30-3 with 19KOs, won his last match with American boxer Devon Alexander in Las Vegas last month.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme, Khan said, “This victory puts me in a great position now to fight the biggest names of boxing – the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao. That’s where I belong.”
The British two-time world champion has also tried and failed to secure a match with Mayweather.