Amir Khan has reiterated his desire to fight Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East and has revealed that Doha is one of the cities interested in staging the desert dust-up.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has been quoted as saying that a fight between the former sparring partners could happen early next year with the Middle East a possible destination.
While Khan has denied that talks have already taken place between the two parties, he has again talked up a bout with the Fighting Pride of the Philippines.
And the British boxer, whose last outing was an unconvincing win over Chris Algieri, says he will adopt Floyd Mayweather’s blueprint in what he says was an “easy” win for the American in his megafight with Pacquiao back in May.
“Yes, I think the fight can happen. If it makes sense financially for both of us, then I think the fight will definitely take place,” said Khan in an exclusive interview on the Sports Tonight show on Dubai Eye 103.8.
“I think it makes sense for both of us to take it. It’s a great storyline because obviously Manny Pacquiao and I used to train together and we had the same trainer, Freddie Roach, so we know a lot about each other. It’s a great story.
“And fighting-style wise, Manny wasn’t at his best against a defensive Mayweather, but with me I’m a totally different fighter. We both like to fight, move and both have tremendous hand speed. I think it would be amazing.
“I’d love to take that fight.”
Asked what he learned from the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and who would win between him and his former stable mate at Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Gym, Khan was unequivocal.
“To win a fight against someone like Pacquiao the key is speed, movement and distance and that’s how Mayweather beat him.
“Floyd beat him by being sneaky and he made it look so easy. If you stick to the same game plan that Mayweather used, then it’s an all-day win for me.”
Khan has often spoken of his desire to fight in Dubai where he has a sizeable following, although Arum claims the Emirate is out of the running to stage a possible showdown between the two men.
And Khan admits there is interest from further afield than just the UAE.
Dust-up in Doha?
“It would be massive in the UAE, but there are other few places. Qatar is one that is interested in me fighting over there as well as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
“We need to hear from those guys, people from those countries and cities. So let’s just wait and see.
“All the major sports are going over there now, so why not take boxing there. Starting off with Amir Khan versus Manny Pacquiao would be massive out there.
“There is a huge British expat community in the UAE, plus there are a lot of Pakistanis and Filipinos. We have huge followings around the world so I think it would be one of the biggest fights ever.”
You can listen to Dubai Eye 103.8’s full interview with Amir Khan below. The Bolton-born fighter also reveals his possible opponents for his next fight and offers his opinion on fellow welterweight fighter Keith Thurman.
On Brook: “I’ve even said ‘yes, let’s have the fight’. Now you see Kell Brook, he’s gone quiet, not saying much.”
On Garcia: “I’d like to fight Danny Garcia again. If that option came up, I’d grab it with both hands. That’s a fight I’d like to take.”
On Thurman: “He calls himself ‘The One Time’, but instead I think he should call himself ‘Sometime’ because it’s only sometimes he can hurt these top class fighters.”