FRESH from a winning performance against Devon Alexander, Britain’s World Boxing Council welterweight silver champion Amir Khan revealed that Manny Pacquiao’s longtime adviser Michael Koncz called him to inquire about whether he would be interested in facing the Fighter of the Decade in a super fight sometime next year.
Koncz admitted in a conversation with the Manila Standard/Viva Sports that he called Khan.
“But only to wish him the best of luck in his fight against Alexander,” said Koncz, who declined to confirm or deny whether they discussed a possible Pacquiao-Khan fight, pointing out that when names are mentioned in the media, negotiations become more difficult.
Khan told the Manchester Evening News of Britain that he was approached over a potential super fight with Pacquiao in 2015, but that he is determined to pursue a dream clash with pound-for-pound No.1 and undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The 28-year-old Khan is expressing the hope that his manager Al Haymon and Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya can make a Mayweather fight happen, even though the American fighter has called out Pacquiao for a May 2 showdown.
Asked about a possible Pacquiao fight, Khan said: “I’ll just leave it to my team. I’ve had calls from Michael Koncz, who is Manny Pacquiao’s business manager and he asked me if I would be interested in the Pacquiao fight.”
Koncz earlier told the Manila Standard he believes that Mayweather was merely engaged in propaganda and is not ready to fight Pacquiao.
This is a position strongly supported by Pacquiao’s first trainer, American Rick Stahaley, who said he believes the Pacman-Mayweather fight will never happen because Mayweather is afraid of losing his unbeaten record against the hard-hitting Filipino southpaw.
During a brief interview with journalists at the 52nd Annual Convention of the WBC in Las Vegas, Mayweather downplayed chances of a Khan fight, saying the Briton should make a name for himself.
“Right now, nobody knows who Amir Khan is, only boxing people. I think we should wait a bit and let him make a bigger name for himself,” said Mayweather, who emphasized that “my focus right now is Pacquiao and I want that fight.”
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