It seems like the talks of Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao are heating up. Bob Arum, the promoter of Manny Pacquiao spoke to the Sunday Telegraph and says he is eyeing an April fight between Pacquiao and Khan.
“We were planning for Manny Pacquiao to fight at the end of February, or at the latest, the first two weeks in April,” Arum told the Sunday Telegraph.
Arum says a first quarter return for Pacquiao is out of the question because of the NCAA tournament. So his plan is to have the fight after the tournament has commenced.
“March is out of the question because of a big college basketball tournament in the United States. That gets all the ink at the time. I’m in the process of having negotiations with Amir Khan’s uncle and his lawyer, Robert Davis, and those negotiations are ongoing,” explained the promoter.
Khan had been rumored to be in talks with Ruslan Provodnikov for a November showdown on Showtime but those rumors were quashed. Khan has passed up fights in the past waiting for a possible Floyd Mayweather fight and in some instances it has hurt him with being active. He last fought in May against Algieri and if he waits for Pacquiao one will wonder of he will fight again this year. Arum says things aren’t concrete but says they are negotiation in good faith at the moment.
“I know there was a report that Khan was coming here to make a deal with Ruslan Provodnikov, but he ensured me that was not the case. I’m not saying necessarily that the negotiations will be successful, although I believe that everybody is negotiating in good faith. While those negotiations are going on, I’m not going to discuss any other opponent for Manny Pacquiao.”
Expect for Las Vegas to be the frontrunner as well.
There is a possibility that it could happen in Dubai, but I think it’s more likely it will happen in Las Vegas.”