It could be bad news for Amir Khan as the Briton looks set to lose out on a mega-fight yet again.
With Floyd Mayweather happily retired, Khan was hoping to meet Manny Pacquiao later this year.
Khan had previously missed out three times when attempting to fight Mayweather and Pacquiao. It happened with Marcos Maidana (twice) and Jeff Horn when both beat him to opportunities in the past.
Mayweathers stunning announcement on Saturday could now see Khan disappointed for a fourth time.
A second ‘MayPac’ fight means Khan may now plough on with plans to fight UK rival Kell Brook
A three-fight deal with Matchroom sees Brook become the only alternative for Khan. Promoter Eddie Hearn was hoping to sign Pacquiao to keep the Khan fight in-house.
Aligning with Mayweather would see Pacquiao head to Showtime and not compete on the new DAZN platform.
Las Vegas in December at the T-Mobile Arena would be the obvious choice for Mayweather v Pacquiao 2.
Therefore, there’s now a potential clash with a WBC heavyweight title bout featuring Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. The top division bout is still yet to be confirmed.
Wilder and Fury are in talks for a date in early December. Although Mayweather would almost certainly get first choice with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The delay to Wilder v Fury makes sense, with behind the scenes talks between Mayweather and Pacquiao the possible cause. More will be revealed in the coming days but Wilder v Fury may now be best served heading to New York.
For Khan, and if the reports are true, he’s back to the drawing board yet again as Brook rubs his hands with glee.
‘The Special One’ has been attempting to get Khan in the ring for years and it seemed only Pacquiao was blocking a huge stadium battle.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium could now be the favorite for Khan v Brook in an already congested market.