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Amir Khan ‘offered’ exhibition with Manny Pacquiao in the UK

Khan claims he has been offered Pacquiao exhibition

Amir Khan says he was offered an exhibition against Manny Pacquiao Photo Credit: Henry Browne/Action Images
Amir Khan says he was offered an exhibition against Manny Pacquiao Photo Credit: Henry Browne/Action Images

Amir Khan has claimed that he has been offered an exhibition clash with Manny Pacquiao, who wants to face him in the UK.

Former unified super lightweight champion, Khan spent several years chasing a super fight with Pacquiao, who he trained with during his spell with Freddie Roach, although a clash failed to materialise.

The 35-year-old, who called time on his career after suffering a sixth round stoppage loss to long-time rival Kell Brook, has claimed that he was offered a meeting with his former stablemate by Roach.

‘Pacman’ retired after this loss to Yordnies Ugas last August to focus on his presidential campaign in his native Philippines, which ended in defeat in May.

“A friend of mine got a phone call from Freddie Roach,” Khan told IFLTV.

Pacquiao and Khan trained together under coach Freddie Roach Photo Credit: Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Pacquiao and Khan trained together under coach Freddie Roach Photo Credit: Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

“To say that, ‘listen, we want to get a fight now that Manny didn’t win the elections. Let’s do like an exhibition with Manny or maybe even a proper fight.

“They want to do it in the UK.”

‘King’ Khan who was also looking to have a money-spinning showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr during his 17-year professional career, claimed last month that the former undefeated great wanted him to delay retirement to face him in an exhibition, although the 45-year-old denied this was the case.

The Bolton man, who was working as a pundit for Sky Sports during Adam Azim’s first round stoppage over Anthony Loffet on Saturday, insists he will not chase either Mayweather or Pacquiao and admits he is doubtful whether there is any truth in the phone call.

Khan retired following defeat to Brook in February Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig / BOXXER
Khan retired following defeat to Brook in February Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig / BOXXER

“To be honest with you, all that bulls***,” he added.

“Chasing Mayweather, chasing Manny Pacquiao. 

“It was not meant to happen then, maybe it’s not meant to happen now.

 

“So, I’m not going to chase them. I heard it, I kind of laughed about it.

“I didn’t really want to mention it, because it’s probably all boll*** to be honest with you.”

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