Amir Khan is still hopeful that he will face Manny Pacquiao in his next fight, but insists he won’t wait around for the Filipino legend.
Earlier this month, Khan returned to the ring against Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia, a comeback bout he won by fourth-round knockout.
In the aftermath, he announced he would be returning to the country for a bout against Pacquiao on November 8, though it appears he jumped the gun with this proclamation as ‘Pac Man’s’ team instantly denied it.
Asked about his Saudi experience, Khan told talkSPORT’s James Savundra: “They’re very, very happy with us and they want us back there again, so that’s the reason we have now announced another fight there which is November 8.
“Looking at some opponents, I would love it to be Manny Pacquiao, if it isn’t him obviously we look at someone else…
“This next fight is gonna be there as we were contracted to that, but I may be back in the UK early next year.”
Amir made his premature Pacquiao announcement last week, while the 40-year-old was preparing to face Keith Thurman.
On Saturday night, the Filipino put on a thrilling display and rolled back the years to defeat his younger opponent, claiming the WBA welterweight title in the process.
Khan continued: “I saw what Manny did on the weekend and looked really good.
“His timing, his work rate, the punch count was very, very high. At the age of 40.”
In truth, Khan could potentially turn out to be a big loser from this performance, as it proved to US fans that Pacquiao still has plenty left to give against the welterweight elite.
As such, it now seems far more likely he will return in a big fight in America, and he’s also said he won’t compete again this year.
Khan clarified: “I was told just before having a press conference by the Super Boxing League team that Manny has signed a contract to say that he would fight me.
“I don’t know who’s seen the signature, I didn’t see the signature as yet, but this is what I was told by the team.
“So obviously I’m gonna mention that something’s signed by Manny and his team for the fight.
“Manny denied that, I’m left in a position where I still have a date in Saudi Arabia on November 8.
“I’m just gonna still carry on with my career, I’m not gonna wait around and wait for that one big Manny fight.
“It’s happened before to me where I’ve waited for Floyd Mayweather for a year and a half and it never happened.”
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