Sports

Manny Pacquiao’s cryptic explanation behind collapse of Amir Khan fight

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who takes on Yordenis Ugas this weekend, has issued an unrevealing answer as to why his 2017 fight with Amir Khan fell through

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Manny Pacquiao shows no signs of slowing down in latest training clip

Manny Pacquiao has revealed he was close to fighting Amir Khan four years ago, but refused to disclose why the fight never came to fruition.

Pacquiao and Khan were first linked to a fight in 2017, after the Filipino held a poll asking fans who he should fight next. Khan topped the poll and the two would agree to a fight in UAE for later that year.

But for reasons that were never disclosed to the public, the fight broke down and Pacquiao would instead go on to fight Jeff Horn. In a massive upset, Horn won a unanimous decision over ‘Pacman’.

And recently talking with Sky Sports, the eight division champion Pacquiao said the fight with Khan was very close to happening.

“Almost that fight,” Pacquiao said.



Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao
(

Image:

PA)




“Almost close to have that fight, but there was a problem about something. I will not disclose it.”

Pacquiao is set to fight the former Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas on August 21 after the Filipino’s original opponent Errol Spence was forced to pull out last week with torn retina.

‘Pacman’, who turns 43 this year, has been fighting as a professional since 1995. During that time he was won world titles in eight different weight divisions, amassing a record of 62-7-2.

He has sparred with Khan in the past whilst the Brit trained at the Wild Card boxing gym in Los Angeles, with both men sharing the same head trainer in Freddie Roach.

But Pacquiao has said that past sparring sessions between the two are irrelevant compared to an actual fight.

“Fighting in the ring, inside the ring is different than training. Different than sparring or anything. Big difference,” he continued.







How would a fight between Pacquiao and Khan go? Comment below

The former WBA and IBF light welterweight champion Khan has not fought since stopping Billy Dip in four rounds back in July 2019. The 34-year-old recently called for a long awaited fight against fellow Brit Kell Brook.

“I think now is the right time to make that fight happen with Kell. We both have been world champions. We’re both British and in the north as well,” Khan said.

Pacquiao, who will hope to capture the WBA super welterweight title against Ugas this weekend, also teased at having one fight in the UK. The Filipino has never fought in the UK during his lengthy career.

“I hope that one day I could have a fight there. I’m hoping that one fight in the UK,” he said.

But Pacquiao has also hinted that if he is to lose against Ugas, he could retire from the sport: “Everything is at stake as this might be my last fight. I might as well finish the race with a spectacular performance.”












Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button