British boxer Amir Khan has not given up on his dream to fight in the UAE later this year, with Manny Pacquiao lined up a possible opponent.
Both fighters have bouts planned for next month, with Pacquiao preparing to face Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in what many are calling the ‘fight of the century’ and Khan taking on Chris Algieri in New York on May 29.
Whatever the outcome, Khan is hoping to line up a fight in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai in November-December this year.
“I want this fight. I would love to box Manny,” Khan, a former sparring partner of Pacquiao, told the Daily Mail. “We’ve been looking at an event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is only a short drive away. It’s a dream of mine to fight in that part of the world.”
One thing that might stand is in the way is the chance of a re-match between Pacquiao and Mayweather, particularly if the Filipino boxer wins the Las Vegas fight and ends his opponent’s unbeaten record.
Khan, however, said he expects Mayweather to emerge victorious on May 2.
“I actually think that once Mayweather gets through Manny’s assault in the first few rounds it will become an easy win for him. Manny has speed and power but Floyd has the defensive skill to avoid him and the brain and accuracy to keep picking him off as he comes in,” he said.
“The longer it goes the harder it will get for Manny and if he is to win he will have to keep up the pace through every minute of every round.”For all the latest lifestyle news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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