Amir Khan extends Qatar invitation to Manny Pacquiao

Nick Giongco 05/12/2015
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British Amir Khan is eyeing to bring Manny Pacquiao to Qatar instead of Las Vegas for the Filipino’s farewell fight.

Mike Koncz, who advises Pacquiao, told the Bulletin yesterday that Khan is extending an invitation for him to meet up with him in Doha to explore the possibilities of holding the fight over there.

“We’ll see if fighting there would be better financially for us,” said Koncz.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has booked the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for April 9, 2016.

The problem is that Pacquiao hasn’t decided who among Khan and Americans Terence Crawford and Tim Bradley will be his dancing partner.

Koncz said the Qatar option looks enticing since the tiny but oil-rich and influential nation is revving up for hosting the FIFA World Cup.


Besides, Pacquiao is well-loved by the Qatari royal family as evidenced by his brief visit there during the world amateur boxing championships last October. Days after Pacquiao’s departure, Khan arrived in Qatar.

Still, Koncz is not going all-out for Qatar, stressing that Las Vegas remains the leading candidate to hold Pacquiao’s comeback bout following the loss to Floyd Mayweather last May.

Khan, who used to spar with Pacquiao when he was still training under Freddie Roach, is keeping his fingers crossed and his camp is keenly awaiting Pacquiao’s decision.

“These things tend to move slow,” Khan’s publicist Amir Rashid told the Bulletin in an email. “Hopefully we get the Pacquiao fight as many want to see it but ball is in his court.”

Crawford and Bradley are also promoted by Arum, while Khan is aligned with Al Haymon, who also promotes Mayweather.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks