Amir Khan Manny Pacquiao fight deal close to completion

Manny Pacquiao is set for a blockbuster clash with Amir Khan on May 20, British media reported on Monday (Feb 20).

Similar hype is attached to the possibility of a Khan-Pacquiao fight in the UK.

Now it seems the former world light-welterweight champion will get the A-list opponent he has been searching for in the shape of Pacquiao.

Khan won the vote but there has yet been any movement on confirming his next bout. Eddie Hearn, hugely frustrated when Khan turned down Kell Brook, described as "incorrect" the latest rumours of a Khan-Pacquiao fight.

Pacquiao's team are still believed to be talking to other potential opponents after the Filipino put out a poll on Twitter to ask fans to pick his next opponent.

Khan is coming off a devastating knock-out loss against against Saul Alvarez last May. Whether [the offer] is real or not real - he is determined to explore it to see if it has any validity.

Complicating matters further, Koncz insists that Horn "is still in the mix", though he told the Gulf News he wanted to apologise to "the Australian government and the fans there for the last-minute change in plans".

According to The Times, a "verbal agreement has been made" for the fight to take place in the United Kingdom, reportedly in either Khan's hometown Bolton or in Manchester. That retirement proved to be short-lived, however, with the 38-year-old returning to the ring just seven months later and beating Jessie Vargas to claim the WBO welterweight belt.

  • Julie Sanders