AMIR Khan lashed out at Manny Pacquiao and the fighting congressman’s handlers as the British boxer pulled out of negotiations for a possible bout next year.
"I'm really disappointed in Manny and his team. They aren't playing ball. All that was left to do is to sign the contract. But they are stalling,” Khan told The National.
"I have pulled out of the negotiations. I am no longer fighting Manny Pacquiao.”
Khan has been frustrated with another failed attempt to seal a deal with a big name fighter after being shunned by unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I am not going to wait around for Manny like I did for Mayweather. I need to fight and if they don’t want to fight then that’s fine, I have other targets,” said Khan.
The fighter from Bolton, who previously trained under Freddie Roach, says Pacquiao’s side is simply avoiding a very dangerous fight against him.
“They know I am a tricky fight for him and they know I will beat him. Or else, why pull out of a fight when there is a lot of money on the table?
Pacquiao earlier said he would like to fight Mayweather again after the hugely disappointing megafight, although the American said the fight recently against Andre Berto was his last.
“I don’t really know if Mayweather is fighting Pacquiao again. It is a possible reason for him to stall on signing the contract, but I don’t really know.”
“I already had a back-up plan drawn up in case the Pacquiao fight didn’t go to plan.We are looking at a Danny Garcia rematch. I also would like to fight Tim Bradley; that’s another interesting fight.
“A rematch with Lamont Peterson and, of course, Kell Brook is also another option.
“I am willing to fight anyone, but it seems not everyone is willing to fight me.”