NO rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr? No problem for Manny Pacquiao.
Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum bared receiving an offer for the 36-year-old Pacquiao to fight in Dubai by next year not against Mayweather but against a former sparmate and world champion.
Arum said the Dubai delegation suggested British boxer Amir Khan as the Filipino’s possible opponent as first reported by Gareth Davies of The Telegraph.
“I just had a delegation from Dubai trying to talk to me about a Manny Pacquiao fight sometime early next year in Dubai. That would be interesting,” said Arum.
"One of the names they suggested as an opponent is Amir Khan. That would be a possibility. We’ll have to see,” added the 83-year-old promoter.
Pacquiao is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss against Mayweather in which he suffered a tear on his right rotator cuff that needed surgery.
Mayweather initially went on public to say he’s willing to give his bitter rival a rematch, only to make a 360 degree turn later on as he labeled Pacquiao a ‘sore loser’ and a ‘coward.’
Khan, the former light-welterweight champion who once served as Pacquiao’s sparmate, is a viable choice, according to Arum, considering he’ll generate interest in Dubai being of Pakistani descent and is a devoted Muslim.
He is set to fight Chris Algieri in New York next week that could possibly lined him up for a meeting with Mayweather in September should he get past the former Pacquiao opponent.
But Arum said a meeting with Khan would still depend on Pacquiao’s recovery from his right shoulder operation, which doctors say would take at least six to nine months to totally heal.
“I would think that Manny, if everything goes right with the surgery, would look to be back in early 2016, maybe in Dubai. I don't want to rush him,” said Arum.
The Top Rank official though, didn’t deny he’s with the Dubai offer.
The Dubai delegation, according to Arum, claims there is a “great interest” to stage a fight there as British fans will also able to fly directly to Dubai to watch the fight.
Of course, there is also a huge Filipino community in the Middle East city.
“Apparently, there is a great interest from Dubai in doing big-time boxing there. With the Emirate airline making regular flights from UK to Dubai, it’s a great place for British fight fans to watch a fight,”