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Khan sets sights on Mayweather and Pacquiao

Phil Jay 31/12/2013

Golden Boy star Amir Khan is ready to prove himself in a higher division by targeting the two best 147lb fighters on the planet following his move up from a successful stint at light-welterweight.

The Briton, fresh from admitting his fight with Mayweather is just awaiting approval from the pound for pound king, has also put former training partner Manny Pacquiao in the frame at some point in the future.

‘I’d fight Manny,’ Khan emphasized in his brief Dubai interview with The Daily Mail.

“Look, it’s business. We are friends and respect each other, but I would definitely consider the fight, and I am sure he would too.”

‘King’ Khan went on: “To bring it to Dubai, too, that would be huge. I am ready for whatever. Have I ever turned down a fight? Never. I fight whoever is put in front of me.”

At 27, Khan is just one year away from his self-designated retirement age of 28, which he stipulated in 2012, although the Olympian has since somewhat relaxed his stance on getting out of the sport early.

The Bolton man has shown indifferent form of late with two wins from his last four fights and turned down an IBF title shot at Devon Alexander to chase his dream of a match-up with Mayweather in the spring.

Mayweather, 36, is yet to shed any light on whether Khan will get the nod for May 3, but whether GBP CEO Richard Schaefer would turn to Pacquiao is a different story.

Pacquiao is said to be in negotiations with Ruslan Provodnikov for April 12 in Las Vegas, leaving Khan in no mans until the August if the Mayweather bout fails to come off, although that scenario seems unlikely.

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