A number of world champion Manny Pacquiao has agreed to combat Britain’s Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan on April 23, each boxers stated on Sunday.
The 38-year-old Pacquiao had stated 4 days in the past that he and Khan’s administration have been in discussions for the combat, regardless of an earlier announcement the Filipino’s subsequent bout could be in opposition to Australia’s Jeff Horn in Brisbane.
Pacquiao, nonetheless, had stated that Horn was one in every of many attainable opponents.
“Negotiations between staff Pacquiao and staff Khan have come to phrases for the April 23 bout as that is what the followers needed,” Pacquiao tweeted.
The 30-year-old Khan, who gained silver as a light-weight on the Athens Olympics, has not fought since final Could when he moved up two weight courses to combat middleweight Canelo Alvarez.
The a lot greater Mexican proved too highly effective and the Briton was knocked out within the sixth spherical and he’s more likely to drop again to welterweight to combat Pacquiao, who holds the World Boxing Group title on the weight.
“My staff and I’ve agreed phrases with Manny Pacquiao and his staff for a brilliant combat,” Khan stated on his Twitter web page.
Pacquiao gained the WBO welterweight title final November in opposition to American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas with an unanimous choice.
No venue for the combat was introduced.
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Enhancing by Nick Mulvenney)