MANILA, Philippines – An insider who requested anonymity, claimed Tuesday (19 November 2019) Senator Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent up the ring could be nobody but Englishman Amir Khan.
The same source, who is a former colleague now associated with Sen. MP’s boxing camp in the United States, said “katunayan marami sila (they are many of them)” who want to fight the multi-titled world champ including American Danny Garcia.
But of late, as was also mentioned by the source, Amir Khan could really be the one. “He could be it,” he said.
Without necessarily confirming it, as this is still being kept hush-hush talks about a Pacquiao-Khan tiff are allegedly on-going.
And possibility of which is not too remote as Khan recently announced that he is “going to be back fighting next March 2020 and he’s targeting first and foremost Manny Pacquaio” Boxing News 24 quoted him as saying on Monday.
Also included in Khan’s choices are Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Kell Brook but they are, well, regarded as second and third, potential options.
Pacquiao, who started boxing at the young age of 14 while living in the streets of Manila and turned professional when he was 16 years old, holds an impressive record of 60–4 as an amateur.
As a professional, the southpaw boxer has a record of 62–7–2 with 39 wins by knockout.
On the other hand, fast facts about Amir Iqbal Khan (born 8 December 1986) is provided for by Wiki saying Khan is a British professional boxer, promoter, and philanthropist.
He is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, having held the WBA (later Super) title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth lightweight title from 2007 to 2008. He also held the WBC Silver welterweight title from 2014 to 2016, and once challenged for a middleweight world title in 2016.
As of August 2019, Khan is ranked as the world’s ninth-best active welterweight by BoxRec.
As an amateur, Khan won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 2004 Olympics, becoming at the age of 17, Britain’s youngest boxing Olympic medalist.
He is also one of the youngest ever British professional world champions, winning the WBA title at the age of 22. In 2007, he was named ESPN prospect of the year.
Outside of boxing, he is a philanthropist with his own charity organization, Amir Khan Foundation.
And just like Pacquiao, Khan is also a promoter and sponsor, the owner of Khan Promotions and Pakistan’s Amir Khan Academy, and a co-owner of India’s Super Fight League (MMA) and Super Boxing League.
As a celebrity, he has also participated in several game shows. In 2017, Khan appeared on the seventeenth series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!; he was the highest-paid contestant in the history of the show.
The former IBF/WBA light-welterweight champion Khan holds a 34-5 win-loos card with 21 knockouts.
And again, just like Manny Pac, Khan is also nearing the end of his illustrious career that he wants to end with a bang – a WBA 147-lb championship fight with the boxing Senator, or in some length, Brook.