SUDDENLY, Amir Khan has been added to the mix.
Manny Pacquiao caught up with his former sparmate and stablemate in London and briefly talk about a potential fight this year if and when Floyd Mayweather Jr. turns down a May 2 showdown with the Filipino boxing star.
The 28-year-old British once belonged to the Wildcard gym stable of Freddie Roach, who trains Pacquiao and was responsible for making him a world champion.
But now that they no longer share the same trainer, a fight between the two of them is more than possible to happen.
“Even though we have that friendship, if it makes sense, then it’s a fight that can certainly happen between us,” said Khan in a report by BBC Sports. “I want to fight the biggest and best names out there, and Manny is definitely among them.”
The Pacquiao camp admitted Khan, is certainly among the frontrunners for the eight-time world champion’s next opponent should Mayweather opted not to face him in the ring again.
“Just in case Floyd doesn’t come through, we regard Amir as the best possible alternative,” said Pacquiao advisor Michael Konz.
“He and Manny would make for a very exciting fight and Manny would be more than happy to do it at Wembley Stadium.”
But Konz made it clear Mayweather remains Pacquiao’s primary choice for an opponent and is actually just waiting for the unbeaten American to sign the contract to finally make the bout the world has long been awaiting happen.