Amir Khan vs Manny Pacquiao takes a fresh twist as publicist denies fight deal


On Tuesday afternoon, the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion declared both he and ‘Pacman’ had signed off to fight one another in Saudi Arabia this November.

He said: “The next fight is going to be back in Saudi Arabia, it is going to be in Riyadh this time and it is going to be on 8 November.

“Hopefully it could be the Manny Pacquiao fight.

“We have both signed and the fight is done and hopefully he gets past his fight on the weekend then we go and do that fight.

“If not there will be other back-up plans but we wish Manny Pacquiao all the very best for this weekend’s fight.”

Khan’s comments soon came to the attention of Sternberg, who’s adamant his client has not penned any agreement to face the Olympic silver medallist.

“Manny has not signed any contract,” he told BBC Sport “As far as I know it hasn’t been even discussed.”

Pacquiao returns to the ring early on Sunday morning, taking on Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) welterweight title.

The future boxing hall of famer enters the bout as the a huge underdog, with many predicting Thurman to cruise to victory.

Khan doesn’t believe a Thurman win will have a detrimental effect on his proposed showdown with Pacquiao, saying: “I still think, even if he loses, it is a very big fight in the Middle East.

“There has been so much talk about it for many years.

“I just feel that Manny is himself and doesn’t get any injuries and the fight can happen.”

Team Pacquiao are confident of seeing off Thurman, with the 40-year-old’s head coach Freddie Roach predicting he’ll end the fight in the later rounds.

“He’s doing really well and I do think he’ll stop in the later rounds and we will go to the body because he’s been hurt by body shots many times in fights and the thing is his last three fights he hasn’t looked that great,” Roach told Fight Hub TV.

“I mean, the thing is, I think that initial injury — I think it’s still there to be honest with you because he doesn’t throw the right hand as cleanly or as good as he once did and it’s just like not there anymore.

“I mean he still has a good left hook, he’s still dangerous with that and we do have to be careful, watch out for that, but we know.”


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