Pac­quiao-Khan bout post­poned

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Eight-di­vi­sion world cham­pion Manny Pac­quiao’s pro­posed fight against Bri­tain’s for­mer world light-wel­ter­weight cham­pion Amir Khan has been post­poned, ac­cord­ing to the Filipino’s pro­moter, Bob Arum.

The 38-year-old Pac­quiao and Khan, who won a sil­ver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, ten­ta­tively agreed to an April fight in the United Arab Emi­rates be­fore ne­go­ti­at­ing a change of date to May 20.

Arum, how­ever, told the Los

An­ge­les Times that the US$38 mil­lion (RM171 mil­lion) of­fer for the bout had failed to ma­te­ri­alise and that the duo could not face each other un­til the sec­ond half of 2017, un­der re­vised terms.

“Manny wanted to roll the dice. He rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes (dou­ble one),” Arum said of the WBO world wel­ter­weight cham­pion. “That deal is done for now.”

Arum said Pac­quiao’s ad­vi­sor Michael Koncz would de­liver a re­vised pro­posal for a fight against an al­ter­na­tive op­po­nent that could be staged in July.

“Koncz will meet with Manny, and if he ac­cepts it, we’ll go ahead. If he doesn’t, there’s noth­ing we can do,” Arum added.

Pac­quiao (59-6-2) claimed the WBO ti­tle with a unan­i­mous points vic­tory over Amer­i­can Jessie Vargas in Las Ve­gas last Novem­ber, while the 30-year-old Khan (31-4) has not fought since May 2016.

Khan made an au­da­cious set up to mid­dleweight to take on Canelo Al­varez but the Bri­ton was knocked out by his hard-hit­ting Mex­i­can op­po­nent in the sixth round.

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