Amir Khan may very well be fighting somebody other than Manny Pacquiao next time out. That much we know after the two sides slowed negotiations for a potential bout sometime in the first half of 2016.
We may not know exactly who the British fighter will be fighting, but we have a solid idea of who he’s got in mind. He said to BoxingScene:
“I would love to fight with [Timothy] Bradley, I like his style and it is a fight that I hope will happen in the future. Keith Thurman is also a good possibility, it would also be a good fight. Kell Brook, I’m sure that would be a great event in England. I’m in a great position where I can pick some big names but many don’t want to fight me.
Bradley is currently scheduled to face Brandon Rios on Nov. 11 and Thurman is rumored to face Shawn Porter in December, leaving Brook as the only realistic possibility if Khan wants to fight before the end of the year or sometime in early 2016.
Prior to the fallout with Pacquiao’s negotiators, Khan went as far as to say there was a “75 percent” chance a fight with Pacquiao would happen.
Khan hasn’t fought since defeating Chris Algieri in May. He’d been looking for a marquee name shortly after, most notably seeking a bout with Floyd Mayweather. Despite noting Khan as a valuable and deserved opponent, Mayweather instead opted for a bout with Andre Berto, leaving Khan and many critics to wonder why the 28-year-old Bri had been seemingly snubbed again.