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Exclusive: Manny Pacquiao vs Amir Khan confirmation ‘a mistake’

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MP Promotions and Manny Pacquiao advisor Sean Gibbons has spoken to WBN with his view on a recent announcement by Amir Khan.

Previously, Pacquiao publicist Fred Sternburg denied Khan’s premature announcement that contracts were in place for a November 8 clash in Saudi Arabia.

This came after Khan said at a media event in his native Bolton: “I’d love to do that fight. It’s one of the reasons I’ve taken the fight (with Goyat). I know there’s a bigger picture.

“There’s always talk about Manny. There has been more talk about it lately. Let’s hope he wins against Thurman (last month), I win against Goyat (the fight called off, eventually defeating Billy Dib), and we can move forward front there.

“I have this fight. Then it could be Manny; that would be a great way to finish. “I’m not taking my eye off Goyat, though. I know that I can’t be complacent. I need to beat him.”

Later, at a separate press gathering, Khan stated the bout was a done deal.

“The next fight will be back in Saudi Arabia again, Riyadh this time. It’s going to be November 8,” he pointed out.

“Hopefully, it could be the Manny Pacquiao fight. We have both signed that the fight is done. Hopefully, he gets past his fight (vs Keith Thurman) this weekend.”

After admitting he got fed confusing information on a Pacquiao clash, Khan backtracked on the confirmation.

Furthermore, Gibbons ended the speculation in an exclusive interview with World Boxing News. Gibbons told WBN: “All I can tell you is I saw Amir Khan himself come out and tell people that was not true; there was a mistake.

“He was represented by some people with him who said there were contracts in place. There was nothing ever in place. That didn’t come from me. That came directly from Amir Khan.

“He put out there was a statement that there were contracts, and then about four days later, he put out a statement saying, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, people around me said there was stuff, but there wasn’t.’

“I like Amir Khan. He’s a great guy, wonderful guy, but no, there’s nothing out there right now.”

It seems any notion of Pacquiao v Khan taking place is off the table, for now at least.

Pacquiao is eyeing a lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather, or alternatively, a three-belt unification with the winner of Errol Spence v Shawn Porter.

Phil Jay is the Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.