FOR some time now, welterweight contender Amir Khan has been pushing for a showdown with Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao, possibly on Nov. 22, which is the date Top Rank has reserved for a Pacman fight in Macau.
Since Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns on Sept. 13 and the date won’t suit Khan, who is fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, the former Olympic silver medalist told boxingscene.com he wants “to fight Manny and beat him,”
Khan was quoted as saying that since Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum “have put their differences aside and they want to work together and co-promote fights in the future, why not (hold) an Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao fight to do that?”
Khan said: “We have a good history together; we both were trained by Freddie Roach, we sparred together hundreds of times, we are friends. But boxing is a business and I want to fight him and beat him and then fight Floyd Mayweather in May next year. That’s my target. We are both fighting next in November or December, so everything is perfect for us to fight.”
Khan, who is coming off an impressive win over southpaw Luis Collazo, noted: “It’s speed, explosiveness and entertainment from both fighters and this is what fans want from boxing right now. Manny is slowing down. As we have seen in his past three fights, he is not the same Manny.”