Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


BRITISH PAKISTANI boxer Amir Khan said he was assured that a fight against Manny Pacquiao was fully agreed before he announced it to the world.

Last week, Pacquiao’s camp denied reports that he would fight Khan in Saudi Arabia in November.

Talking to Sky Sports about the misunderstanding, Khan said he was told contracts were signed before he made the announcement at a press conference.

“This is from a company, who I’ve worked with called Super Boxing League, who I’m a chairman of as well. Obviously as a fighter you have advisers and my advisers told me the fight was signed.

“Hopefully we were looking at it later in the year. Obviously Manny comes back and says that fight isn’t happening.

“It’s just one of them things. I’d love to have that fight. If it’s not there for me, then it’s not there for me.

“I have a date, November 8, in Saudi Arabia in Riyad. I’ll be focusing on that.

“I’d love it to be Manny Pacquiao, if it’s not Manny Pacquiao we’ll obviously move on to someone else.”

Khan was slated to fight Pacquiao, one of the sport’s most decorated fighters, two years ago in the United Arab Emirates. But the bout did not happen as no agreement could be reached.

Filipino legend Pacquiao has 61 wins, seven defeats and two draws in a 24-year professional career, while Khan has 34 wins and five defeats.