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.
“I am the front-runner,” Khan told BBC Sport.
“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.
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.”
Middle East match
Khan is currently training in Doha, the site of the 2015 World
Amateur Boxing Championships, and says the Middle East could soon host a
headline professional bout.
“The Middle East has never had a big, big fight,” he said.
“They’ve had a few decent names but no one in their
prime, putting on a world title fight, so I think it’s going to happen