Pacquiao to fight Britain’s Khan in April

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately on Sunday that they would face each other on April 23 after weeks of conflicting reports.

 “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted,” he said

Khan said “My team and I have agreed terms with Manny Pacquiao and his team for a super fight”.

Neither of them gave a venue for the match but a source in Pacquiao’s office said that the bout would be in the United Arab Emirates.

Pacquiao’s American promoter, Bob Arum, has previously been quoted saying that “Manny is trying to get a fight done in the United Arab Emirates, and the people there favour him fighting Amir Khan”.

Spokesmen for the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Pacquiao could not immediately be contacted for comment.

Khan had been leading the poll when it was taken down.

Pacquiao announced a brief retirement last year but made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.

Pacquiao had said he was retiring to focus on his new role as Philippine senator, after winning elections last year on the back of his sporting fame.

 

 

Jibril .O