Boxing figureheads are getting pretty close to making a fight happen between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. They’re three-quarters of the way there, to be specific, if you ask Khan.
“I think 75 percent,” Khan said to AFP about the likelihood of seeing Pacquiao in the ring (h/t Yahoo Sports). “I think this could happen.”
Pacquiao hasn’t stepped into the ring since dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to a now-retired Floyd Mayweather in May. “Pac-Man” suffered a shoulder injury prior to the fight and had it surgically repaired in the weeks following his blockbuster contest.
Despite the loss, Khan says Pacquiao is the best fighter in the sport. That’s an opinion developed after Mayweather’s retirement this September. It’s a fight that he’ll never get if “Money” stays retired, and Khan has trouble understanding why the fight never materialized.
“Floyd, in a way, chickened out, he didn’t give me the fight. Three years he was saying he was going to give me the fight but then he didn’t give me the fight,” Khan said.
Khan has won five straight since suffering back-to-back defeats at the hands of Lamont Peterson in 2011 and Danny Garcia in 2012. At 31-3, Khan’s earned four straight unanimous decision victories, including wins over Chris Algieri, Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander.