Manny Pacquiao’s next fight will be in 2016, and it looks like he will be fighting Amir Khan. According to International Business Times on Tuesday, Pacquiao’s promoter and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is just about ready to get the bout in place. As for the likely Pacquiao opponent, Khan had been hoping to fight Pacquiao’s last opponent, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather in September. But it isn’t going to happen. Instead, it’s Andre Berto who will be fighting Mayweather instead. Realizing that the fight between himself and Mayweather just isn’t going to happen, Khan has focused on a bout with Pacquiao – and it looks like he is going to get it.
According to the Telegraph, Arum has said that Amir Khan keeps shooting his mouth off about Manny Pacquiao. And Arum says he can arrange for Khan to fight Pac-Man. Arum went on to say that Khan has been begging Mayweather for a fight and now he can get a major fight. He said, “I’m not a hard guy to deal with. I’m not going to mess them around.” In other words, it sounds like the Pacquiao-Khan fight is going to happen next year.
Since Mayweather has totally dismissed a rematch with Pacquiao, teaming Pacquiao and Khan is said to be making a lot of sense. They are two of the best boxers in the welterweight division. Mayweather, of course, defeated Pac-Man in a highly-publicized, controversial bout on May 2, and he says he will retire after his September fight. Yet, while Pac still talks of wanting a rematch with Mayweather, Mayweather says it isn’t going to happen. Professional critics as well as fans were highly critical of the way the fight came across to viewers.
Pacquiao, who has lost three of his last six fights, won’t be fighting the rest of this year because of the infamous shoulder injury he got during his training for the Mayweather fight. He had a torn right rotator cuff repaired via surgery in May and he says it is now healed. Arum says that in spite of the unfortunate injury and necessary surgery, Pacquiao will definitely be fighting again.
As for Khan, this would be his big pay-per-view fight. This seems odd to many since he has been undefeated since going from light welterweight to welterweight. Khan has been the victor of five straight fights in a row. His impressive performances in which he has won include fights with Devon Alexander and Luis Collazo.
Beyond having his sights on Khan at this time, Arum says that Pac’s next fight will likely be in the Middle East. Though he’s thinking the fight will be in the Middle East, he says Dubai will not be chosen as the location. Of course, the last eight bouts Pac has had have been either in the United States – in Las Vegas – or in China. He also said that the fight will occur early next year.