The proposed fight between reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan has been dropped as informed by the Filipino fighter’s promoter Bob Arum.
Previously, the two world famous fighters posted on Twitter about a “super fight” scheduled for 23 April at the end of February but mentioned nothing about the venue. Then it was announced that the fight would take place in the United Arab Emirates.
Talking about the matter, big time Aram informed ESPN: “Michael (Koncz) [Pacquiao’s financial advisor] is on his way back to meet with Manny, but it’s Kaddish for the UAE deal. It’s dead.”
“I’m in talks about another proposal for another fight, not Khan. Khan won’t be Manny’s next opponent.”
The April matchup was initially sparked after Pacquiao made his 125 k Twitter followers vote out the ‘Man’ they would like to see him fight next. British boxers, Khan and Kell Brook, Australia’s Jeff Horn and American Terence Crawford were all pitched for the fight but Khan aced out with 48% of the vote.
In the aftermath, Pacquiao tweeted last month that negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted.
As well as Khan made fans go berserk as he wrote in February that he and his team have agreed to terms with Manny Pacquiao and his team for a super fight #pacquiaokhan #April23rd.
Also, Arum has told the Los Angeles Times that the touted $38m (£31.1m) offer for the clash had failed to materialize and that the two won’t be facing each other until the second half of 2017, under revised terms.