Pacquiao-Khan talks begin, bout targeted for early 2016

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 29, 2015 01:05 PM
Pacquiao-Khan talks begin, bout targeted for early 2016
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After weeks of mere talks, negotiations for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan have begun.

This, according to Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum himself, who also revealed that the fight is being targeted for the first half of 2016.

"We were planning for Manny Pacquiao to fight at the end of February, or at the latest, the first two weeks in April. March is out of the question because of a big college basketball tournament in the United States. That gets all the ink at the time,” Arum said in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph. 

“I’m in the process of having negotiations with Amir Khan's uncle and his lawyer, Robert Davis, and those negotiations are ongoing.”

Arum also says that while they are still considering the possibility of holding the bout in the Middle East, the US will still likely be the final venue.

"There is a possibility that it could happen in Dubai, but I think it's more likely it will happen in Las Vegas."

In mid-August, Pacquiao claimed his injured shoulder has been fully healed by “God and salt water.”

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