Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao is not going to fight Amir Khan in May
Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has called reports that an agreement was in place for Pacquiao to fight Amir Khan in England “total and complete bull—t,” according to the Australian newspaper The Courier-Mail.
The Times of London is reporting that Pacquiao and Khan have reached a deal to fight one another on May 20 in Manchester or Bolton, England. The fighters haven’t signed contracts yet but have agreed to terms, according to the newspaper.
Arum dismissed that notion and said negotiations to fight Australian Jeff Horn are ongoing.
“The Amir Khan story has come out of nowhere,’’ Arum told The Courier-Mail.
Pacquiao reportedly had received an offer to fight in the United Arab Emirates.
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is coming off back-to-back victories over Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas in 2016. He presumably would be defending his WBO welterweight title, which he won by outpointing Vargas.
Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) is coming off a knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez at 155 pounds in May. He would be going down to a more natural 147 pounds.