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Khan accuses Pacquiao of stalling, pulls out of fight talks

Phil Jay 13/10/2015
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Amir Khan says he won’t be fighting former stablemate Manny Pacquiao next after blaming the Filipino for a breakdown in negotiations.

Khan and Pacquiao, who previously worked together under Freddie Roach, had been discussing welterweight clash for some weeks and were expected to lock horns in the spring of 2016 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The much-anticipated contest has now been called off though as ex-super lightweight king Khan is adamant that Pacquiao wasn’t playing ball when it finally came down to putting pen to paper on a deal.

“I’m really disappointed in Manny and his team. They aren’t playing ball. All that was left to do is to sign the contract. But they are stalling,” Khan told The National.

He continued: “I have pulled out of the negotiations. I am no longer fighting Manny Pacquiao.

“They know I am a tricky fight for him and they know I will beat him. Or else, why pull out of a fight when there is a lot of money on the table?”

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Pacquiao, 36, could now switch his attention to fellow Top Rank fighter Terence Crawford for his expected return in March or April, whilst Khan is left disappointed once again following a trio of snubs from Floyd Mayweather Jr.