Amir Khan has confirmed he will fight Manny Pacquiao on April 23 and says the fight venue will be confirmed in the “next couple of days”.
The pair took to Twitter earlier today to announce their intentions to appear in a “super fight” and although Pacquiao said his next fight would be in the UAE, no venue has been announced.
Khan took to Snapchat to talk more about the fight with his former training partner and current WBO welterweight champion Pacquiao.
“There’s a couple of locations we’re looking at. One is UK, one is Dubai and one is in the USA,” the 30-year-old said. “We should find out in the next couple of days.”
He added: “The fight is going to be for the WBO title and it’s a fight I know I can win. I know a lot about Manny Pacquiao.”
Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted. #PacquiaoKhan— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 26, 2017
Eight-weight champion Pacquiao tweeted: “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted.”
The Filipino icon was initially thought to be taking on Australia’s Jeff Horn at Brisbane’s SunCorp Stadium.
However, last week the 38-year-old said that he and Khan’s management were in discussions to fight with Bolton, Manchester and Dubai all previously suggested as possible stages for the bout. This came after the Briton topped a Twitter poll conducted by Pacquiao’s camp when he threw the question of who he should fight next to his fans, with Khan garnering 48 percent of the vote.
Khan has not fought since last May when he moved up two weight classes and fell to the much bigger middleweight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
The Bolton-native was widely tipped to face British rival and IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook.
Brook’s promoter made the fight his “top priority”, however, talks between the pair broke down.
And Khan addressed Hearn after confirmed his fight with Pacquiao.
“I think Mr Eddie Hearn doesn’t know what he’s on about when he said the fight is not going to happen. I don’t think Eddie even speaks to Bob Arum (Pacquiao’s promoter) to quote the fight between and Manny Pacquiao is impossible,” he said.
“So Eddie stop hating, keep your quotes to yourself and the fight between and Manny Pacquiao is happening.”
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