Khan: I am fron­trun­ner to face Pacquiao

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Amir Khan says he is the favourite to face Manny Pacquiao in the Filipino boxing leg­end’s fi­nal fight.

Khan had ear­lier sug­gested the match was un­likely but now be­lieves there is a “big chance” of tak­ing on the seven-weight world cham­pion.

Along­side Khan, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has also named Ter­ence Crawford and Tim Bradley as pos­si­ble con­tenders for his star’s last bout.

“Manny Pacquiao makes a good story be­cause we’ve been train­ing part­ners and I’ve been with his coach Fred­die Roach.

“There’s a big chance of the fight hap­pen­ing, it’s all about mak­ing sure my team is on point with the deal and they need to make sure they get the fight that I want.”

Khan hoped to be Floyd May­weather Jr’s fi­nal op­po­nent be­fore the mul­ti­ple world cham­pion opted to fight An­dre Berto in­stead but Khan be­lieves Pacquiao, 36, is look­ing for a higher pro­file end to his ca­reer.

“It would be Manny Pacquiao’s last fight and end his ca­reer in a big way, not like Floyd May­weather where, no dis­re­spect to Berto, but I think Floyd fin­ished his ca­reer on a low note,” he added.

As an al­ter­na­tive to Pacquiao, Khan is not rul­ing out an all-Bri­tish clash with Kell Brook de­spite also iden­ti­fy­ing re­matches with Danny Gar­cia and La­mont Peter­son and a bout with Shawn Porter.

Brook, 29, de­feated Porter over 12 rounds last year but Khan in­sists his fel­low Brit still needs to prove him­self against the best.

“My body’s taken all the wear and tear where I’m fight­ing the best fight­ers in the world and he’s not even fight­ing half of them,” said Khan.

“I want him to prove him­self so it’s a big fight, we go into the ring 50-50 and it’s a mas­sive fight not only for Great Bri­tain but around the world.”

May­weather is now un­beaten in 48 fights af­ter pro­duc­ing a boxing mas­ter­class against Manny Pac­quio.

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