Top Rank boss Bob Arum says a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan is a real possibility next year as the two former training partners turn their attention to each other following dealings with Floyd Mayweather.
Khan lost out on fighting Mayweather for the third time in a row recently as the pound for pound king chose Andre Berto, whilst Pacquiao was defeated back in May in their long-awaited super-fight.
Whilst Arum scoffed at Mayweather picking Berto over Khan, the respected promoter says talks to fight Pacquiao can begin soon as the Filipino continues his recovery from a shoulder injury suffered in his reverse against the American.
“(Fighting Berto) That’s a farce. Mayweather should have fought Khan next. It would have been an interesting fight,” Arum told The Telegraph.
“Amir Khan has been begging Mayweather for a fight and now he can get a major fight. I’m not a hard guy to deal with. I’m not going to mess them around.
“This kid keeps shooting his mouth off about Manny Pacquiao. I can arrange for Khan to fight Pacquiao.
“One thing’s for sure, Pacquiao is not ducking Khan. Pacquiao will fight him. I don’t know if Khan will fight Pacquiao, but it’s available,” he added.
Pacquiao, 36, needs a high-profile return in order to be considered for a potential rematch with Mayweather in a year’s time as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recently confirmed to WBN that any fight with Khan would be a WBC final eliminator.
Should Mayweather decide to extend his career beyond 49-0 this September, the winner of a spring Pacquiao v Khan clash, potentially in the Middle East, would then be in pole position to oppose the ‘Money’ man in late 2016.