Hearn keen to secure Brook v Khan, reveals Pacquiao UK talks

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Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn says Kell Brook fighting Amir Khan remains his top priority as contact continues with Top Rank over the possibility of a fight with Manny Pacquiao later in the year.

As WBN revealed on Tuesday, Brook v Khan negotiations picked up again this week following a New Year break as both sides hope to thrash out a deal to suit all for a massive domestic welterweight bout in April or May.

Brook would then have to overcome Khan before Hearn attempts to finalize a deal for ‘The Special One’ to be part of Pacquiao’s farewell tour, which is set to begin in Brisbane, Australia on April 22 against Jeff Horn.

“I have had several discussions with Top Rank about Pacquiao fighting Brook,” Hearn told The Daily Mail.

“They fancy Jeff Horn in April which should be a straightforward fight and now we want to secure this (Kell Brook) fight in October in Britain. Manny seems keen to travel and I’m sure we can get the dollars together to make it happen.”

On the Khan encounter, Hearn added: “Our preference at this point remains a fight with Amir Khan. That is a fight everyone wants to see. Hopefully we will have some news on that soon.

“We will be looking to decide on Kell’s next move in the next two to three weeks,” he said.

According to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, a career swansong against Terence Crawford is pencilled in for November or December, which could leave Hearn’s October date for Brook unworkable.

A more likely scenario would be Pacquiao v Brook in August or September before the winner then moves on to face Crawford in an eye-catching welterweight world title fight three months later.