Manny Pacquiao camp denies Amir Khan claims over Saudi Arabia bout

Amir Khan told British media the clash with Manny Pacquiao would happen even if the 40-year-old were to lose to American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday

Reuters July 17, 2019 12:22:07 IST
Manny Pacquiao camp denies Amir Khan claims over Saudi Arabia bout
  • Amir Khan said on Tuesday that he had agreed a deal to fight Manny Pacquiao in Riyadh on 8 November

  • The Briton told British media the clash with Pacquiao would happen even if the 40-year-old were to lose to American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday

  • Pacquiao’s publicist Fred Sternberg said he did not know what prompted Khan to make the claims

Manny Pacquiao has not signed a contract to take on Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia later this year despite claims that a deal has been agreed for the bout, the Filipino’s publicist has said.

Manny Pacquiao camp denies Amir Khan claims over Saudi Arabia bout

Manny Pacquiao gets ready for the start of a round during his fight against Jessie Vargas in 2016. REUTERS

Khan, who beat Australia’s Billy Dib in Jeddah on 13 July to win the WBC international welterweight title, said on Tuesday that he had agreed a deal to fight Pacquiao in Riyadh on 8 November.

The Briton told British media the clash with Pacquiao would happen even if the 40-year-old were to lose to American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday.

“Manny has not signed any contract. As far as I know it has not even been discussed,” Pacquiao’s publicist Fred Sternberg told the BBC.

“He has been in training camp for the past eight weeks, four in the Philippines and four in the United States, and he hasn’t met with Amir Khan during that time.”

Sternberg said he did not know what prompted Khan to make the claims.

“That’s a question you need to ask Amir Khan,” he said.

Khan had been slated to fight eight-division world champion Pacquiao two years ago in the United Arab Emirates but no agreement could be reached.

Pacquiao, one of the sport’s most decorated fighters, has a record of 61 victories, seven defeats and two draws in a career spanning 24 years.

Khan has 34 wins and five defeats.

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