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Pacquiao-Khan Likely to Happen in an Exciting Year-ender

By Unofre Pili
on Mar 18, 2017 12:36 AM EDT
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The supposedly April clash between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan is off.  But the disappointed boxing fans still have reasons to be hopeful about finally seeing the two rivals drubbing each in November instead.
(Photo : Dan Istitene/Getty Images) The supposedly April clash between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan is off. But the disappointed boxing fans still have reasons to be hopeful about finally seeing the two rivals drubbing each in November.

Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan - and their legion of loyal fans as well - can still look forward to that botched April match-up between them still happening in year's ending months, probably in November. Bob Arum, whose promotional umbrella Pacquiao has been under for the longest time in his career, recently declared he would explore the possibilities aimed at a culmination in which Manny Pacquiao, 38, and Amir Khan, 30, finally get to face each other.

A clash between Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) and Amir Khan (31-4-0,19 KOs), even dating a few years back when they both trained under Freddie Roach, has always been an exciting subject matter of endless conversations among boxing event goers. Despite the relative decline, Pacquiao is still having perch as a great warrior and Khan, also fading, still holds a sizeable degree of support he can beat his Filipino rival.  Khan is from Bolton, Greater Manchester, England and is a former light-welterweight world champion.

But as circumstances would have it, the long anticipated clash between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan would not simply materialize until this past February when the news about them finally facing each other took the sports columns. Then again, only to be announced later the fight was not going to push through for monetary issues - to the chagrin of the fans. It is said that Bob Arum did not dip fingers into that failed negotiation as it appeared to be running against his wishes. Apparently, Pacquiao, a former multi-division world champion, did not sign the dotted lines on the prior proposal paper - under which Pacquiao was going to fight the former teacher Jeff Horn - presented by Arum.  A small purse on the table was the most probable cause why Pacquiao rejected Arum's papers.

In the aftermath of Pacquiao's failed wandering, Arum like a concerned father offered Pacquiao the Jeff Horn clash anew, albeit, on a possibly different but favorable terms. Jeff Horn, 29, is from Australia who represented the country in the 2012 London Olympics and should Pacquiao decides to take on him, the clash would easily become one of the biggest fights to be ever held in Australian soil.  In addition, Arum expressed his plans, after Horn, to leave no stone untouched in exploring avenues necessary for the Pacquiao-Khan clash to happen around seven months from now.


 

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