British boxing star Amir “King” Khan and living legend Manny Pacquiao announced on their official Twitter accounts February 26 that their teams have agreed to terms for a super fight on April 23, 2017.
The rumors swirling around the internet that the two would fight began when WBO welterweight champion Pacquiao wasn’t satisfied with fighting unknown Australian boxer Jeff Horn and put up a poll on his Twitter account asking the fans who they would like him to fight next, Khan won the poll with Horn being the least voted on the list.
Both fighters camps contacted each other and began negotiations. The location of the Pacquiao vs. Khan fight is still up in the air but the leading favorite is UAE.
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 26, 2017
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
Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao were stablemates for several years under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach until Khan broke ties with Roach and began training under Virgil Hunter in Northern California. When the two trained together they had some spirited sparring sessions at the Wild Card boxing gym in Hollywood.
Khan is coming off a devastating knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez, and Manny is coming off a dominant decision over Jessie Vargas recapturing the WBO welterweight title.
If Amir Khan vs. Manny Pacquiao happens it could either take place in England, UAE or Las Vegas. The official word of the fight will come from Top Rank’s Bob Arum who has Pacquiao under contract.