Amir Khan has admitted a fight between himself and former stablemate Manny Pacquio may never happen.
The British former two-belt world title holder has been long-time linked to what would be a superb fight with the Filipino, most recently this year after a showdown in Dubai fell through.
Pacquiao went on to lose to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn via a hotly-debated split decision, although like many, 'King Khan' thought Pacquio had won the fight.
"Manny is a great fighter, so talented and should have won the fight. Maybe a younger Pacquio would have knocked him outm but in my opinion he won," Khan exclusively told World Boxing News.
"I just think when a guy comes to the ring like Horn, someone who comes to win, he only has thoughts are on winning so that was the problem for Manny."
As Khan prepares for a return to the ring himself in 2017, the 30 year-old revealed he still has a glimmer of hope of one day fighting the eight-weight superstar.
"I think the fight with me and Manny may be over but if he has a rematch with Horn and I have a tune-up fight then it could still happen," he stated.
"I know there's a lot of talk about the fight happening. I speak to Freddie Roach and his team want the fight as much as me so why not?"
In recent years, waiting for the big clashes has continually delayed the career of the Bolton man and Khan now knows he can't hold his breath on such fights materialising.
"It's a fight that may not happen but I'm not going to put all my eggs in one basket. It would be a great fight which would certainly suit my style," Khan concluded.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95