Australian Jeff Horn's fight with Manny Pacquiao is off, with the boxing great's promoter confirming he will seek a lucrative bout in the United Arab Emirates.
Australian Horn had been the previous frontrunner for an April 23 bout, although Pacquiao showed no interest in the proposed Brisbane outing and Khan is now firmyl top of the wanted list.
Well, the ongoing saga on who Pac-Man may fight next just took yet another twist, as Manny himself has confirmed that yes, he IS in talks with Khan.
"My team and I are in negotiations with Amir Khan for our next fight", said Pacquiao in his Facebook account followed by over 11 million people worldwide. "Further announcement coming soon." Pacquiao tweeted, accompanied by a picture of he and Khan.
However, one should not take this tweet as an official confirmation for the fight as camps of both the boxers will have to agree to a number of terms and conditions, which can always be a roadblock.
Duco Events, the organisers of the Horn-Pacquiao fight, have declined to comment.
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It was previously believed Pacquiao would fight Jeff Horn in Australia, however an alleged offer for Manny to fight in the United Arab Emirates seemed to scupper those plans.
Arum has some concerns about the 38-year-old's decision to line up a fight with Khan.
"If we get a deal in place, this fight will give the fans the fight they want to see", he said.
However, the former WBA and IBF champion couldn't resist the opportunity to fight Pacquiao, who was his training partner at Freddie Roach's Wildcard gym in Los Angeles.
Khan meanwhile has fought just twice in the last two years, stepping up to middleweight to challenge Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in May last year.
But the bookmakers appear to think that a fight is a distinct possibility, with William Hill offering their shortest odds ever of 2/1 on the fight happening in 2017.