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Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan eye Dubai fight in 2020

Manny Pacquiao said he hopes that the fight takes place in 2020

Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan eye Dubai fight in 2020
Manny Pacquiao playing an exhibition basketball match, part of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) event at Hamdan Sports Complex. Image: Kelvin Montalbo.

Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan are eying the possibility of fighting each other in Dubai next year, the two men have told local media.

Speaking to local media at the Dubai Sports Council late last week ahead of a Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) event at Hamdan Sports Complex – in which Pacquiao played two exhibition games – said he is “planning for next year”.

“[I am] trying to make it for next year with a possible opponent, especially Amir Khan, who says he wants to fight me. We will talk again and it will be a good fight,” he said. 

“We are negotiating for a fight in Dubai, and I am hoping that a fight can happen here in the future,” he added.

In July, Khan said that a November fight with Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia was “signed off and done”. The claims were swiftly denied by Pacquiao and his team.

In an interview with the Khaleej Times, Khan said it would be “huge” to fight Pacquiao in Dubai, even if the clash is by no means certain.

“There are [a] few options that we are looking at the moment but with Manny Pacquiao, I think, I’m just always wasting my time because he’s always promising to fight me and then it never happens,” he said.

Khan added that “we have offered him the fight many times and he’s never really accepted it….I would love to fight him because he’s a great champion.”

Additionally, Khan said that “it will make sense doing it in Dubai.”

“That will be a huge fight because there is a big Pakistani and big British expat community in the UAE….and also, there is a big Filipino community,” he said.

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