Amir Khan still harbours hope of sharing the ring with ex-training partner Manny Pacquiao after the Briton agreed with the general consensus that the Filipino did enough to defeat Jeff Horn recently.
Despite seemingly being the dominant fighter, almost stopping Horn late, inflicting major facial damage and landing almost double the punches, Pacquiao lost a unanimous verdict in Brisbane and is currently considering invoking a rematch clause.
Khan also believes Pacquiao did enough to keep hold of his WBO belt but was critical of the 37 year-old’s inability to finish the fight when Horn was completely out of it in the ninth round. Horn was almost pulled out by the referee at the end of the session, a round WBN scored 10-8 in favour of Pacquiao as it was that one-sided.
“I don’t think Pacquiao lost, he lost on paper,” Khan pointed out to Reuters.
“This is boxing, it’s happened to me, it’s happened to many fighters. You can’t sulk about it. You just have to go back, have the rematch and beat him.
“We all know Manny is the better fighter. I just think he should have gone in there and knocked him out. Because sometimes fighting somebody in their own backyard is quite difficult to win with the advantages he has.”
On a possible match-up between the two in the future, Khan added: “Maybe the Pacquiao fight will happen later, it’s all about timing,” he said.
“Maybe Manny Pacquiao didn’t feel confident to take the fight with me this time, maybe he will take it next time,” stated the Bolton man.
Without a fight since being laid out by Canelo Alvarez in May 2016, Khan has targeted a comeback in November or December before stepping into some bigger fights in 2018.