Current WBC silver welterweight champion Amir Khan is hoping to fight Manny Pacquiao in the spring before a massive UK battle with Kell Brook later in 2016.
The 28 year-old has revealed contact from Bob Arum regarding a massive clash with Pacquiao in April, potentially in Dubai, before Khan finally accepts the advances of Brook provided he defeats a top name or two in the meantime.
Khan has long pined for a fight in the Middle East due to his close connections there and a super-fight with ex-pound for pound number one Pacquiao once he returns from injury would fit the bill nicely for the 2004 Olympic silver medallist.
“There have been talks of an Amir Khan fight in Dubai for many years now,” Khan told The National. “Everyone knows my position: I am ready to fight if they are serious about it. Bob Arum has contacted my team to fight Manny Pacquiao around March or April in Dubai. Let’s see how that develops.
After missing out on a fight with Floyd Mayweather on September 12, Khan sees old training partner Pacquiao as the next best option available.
“Since Floyd is running scared, I want Pacquiao in 2016 when he is back from his injury, said Khan.
“2016 will be Amir Khan’s year and you will see me in two of the biggest fights in that year,” he added in reference to a follow-up fight with IBF champion Brook.