No Amir Khan, no UAE for Manny Pacquiao, says Bob Arum
Bob Arum says that Manny Pacquiao isn't fighting Amir Khan in the UAE in the first half of 2017. (AP File Photo)
Guess Bob Arum was on to something when he said that the Manny Pacquiao-Amir Khan fight wasn't a done deal just yet.
As it turns out, it looks like the fight isn't going to happen, at least not in April, nor is it going to happen in May, or in the first half of the year.
In an interview with ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo, Top Rank Boxing CEO and Pacquiao's promoter Arum revealed that the Khan fight in the United Arab Emirates isn't going to happen.
"No UAE." Arum told Castillejo. "The earliest that the UAE can go is November."
From the beginning, Arum appeared to be very skeptical of the Khan fight happening in the UAE, maintaining that the amount of money being offered for the fight was quite questionable.
“When they contacted me, I told them it was pie in the sky, that this is crazy, it’s not going to happen,” Arum said of the deal, talking to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times. “Manny wanted to roll the dice. He rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes."
When asked about the details about the negotiations falling through, all that Arum could say was that "the fight couldn't happen now."
Still, Manny fighting in the first half of 2017 isn't out of the realm of possibility just yet, as Arum revealed that they do have something lined up for the eight-division world champion.
"I made a proposal with Michael [Koncz] on Manny's fight that would happen on the first half of the year, and now it's up to Manny if he wants to accept it."
Arum added that Koncz will be meeting in Manila to discuss with Pacquiao the plans for the upcoming fight. Should the fighting senator choose to accecpt it, we'll find out soon.
Just when you thought that things were already taking shape...