Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao are odds-on to reach deal and fight in 2017, according to bookmakers at Betway.
Giving negotiations are underway between both parties, the United Arab Emirates has emerged as the heavy favourite to host a welterweight mega-fight.
Betway’s Alan Alger, said: “Nothing is set in stone, but at 4/11 the odds suggest that Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan will tie up a deal to fight in 2017.
“Abu Dhabi or Dubai are rumoured to be ready to stump up the $30m+ to stage the fight and we go 2/5 that the UAE hosts Khan-Pacquiao. Las Vegas is unsurprisingly a popular destination with the punters at 3/1.”
Betway – Boxing – Specials
Manny Pacquiao to fight Amir Khan in 2017:
Yes – 4/11
N0 – 2/1
Pacquiao-Khan to take place at:
UAE – 2/5
Las Vegas – 3/1
Manila – 16/1
O2, London – 33/1
Macron Stadium – 100/1
Despite initial reports of Pacquiao facing Jeff Horn and Khan battling UK rival Kell Brook, neither fight made it over the line leaving the two former training partners free to negotiate what will be a massive encounter at 147 pounds.
Khan heads into the contest on the back of a loss to Canelo Alvarez, whilst Pacquiao is coming off one of his best years for some time when defeating both Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas in 2016.
It is hoped the bout will be confirmed for a date in May, with Abu Dhabi a leading contender to host Pacquiao v Khan in a worldwide Pay-Per-View attraction.