Amir Khan may not be getting Manny Pacquiao in 2016, but he might be getting a different chance for gold come next year.
In light of the International Boxing Association’s decision to allow professional — no longer just amateur — fighters to compete in the Olympic games, Khan has opened up on his desire for a second chance at Olympic gold.
“The AIBA wants professional boxers to work with AIBA and they will allow them to go to [the] Olympics,” Khan said to the Statesman (h/t BoxingScene). “So imagine, I may have a second chance at the Olympics. That will be amazing and massive because everybody wants to go to Olympics.
“I have heard that they are changing the rules and this would a great thing because pro boxers want to compete in the Olympics. I think it’s very good that they are [thinking of] bringing amateur and professional boxers together because end of the day it’s boxing and people want to watch good fights.”
Khan previously entered as a competitor for Great Britain in the 2004 games in Athens, falling just nine points shy of standing on the highest podium. He wasn’t the only notable name to come out of the Athens games, as Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin and Guillermo Rigondeaux also medaled in 2004.
Longtime heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko is also reportedly interested in fighting at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to BoxingScene. He previously won the gold medal at the Atlanta games in 1996 as a super heavyweight fighting for Ukraine.