Manny Pacquiao (right) and Amir Khan.
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DUBAI – Two-time world champion Amir Khan revealed on Tuesday (July 28) he is hoping to stage a long-touted bout with Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao in Dubai.
Khan, 33, made the statement during a visit to the Dubai Sports Council where he also announced that he will be moving to Dubai with his family.
Khan is hoping to stage the boxing world’s biggest fight with Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion in boxing history, for the British boxer’s dream farewell bout.
“There has always been talk about Manny Pacquiao [him and Pacquiao fighting in Dubai]. See, me and Manny are friends and I would love that fight, if it ever happens. But if not, we are still friends and I wish him all the best,” Khan said.
Prizefighter-turned-lawmaker Pacquiao has been prioritizing his duties as senator, giving him a limited schedule to train and compete in boxing matches.
Last year, the Filipino southpaw returned to the ring in January against Adrien Broner, and in July against Keith Thurman.
Pacquiao, 40, edged Thurman in an exciting bout to claim the “super” version of the WBA welterweight title, becoming the oldest boxer to win a welterweight championship.
Meanwhile, Khan is hoping to complete his move to Dubai within the next two months. He will be joined by his wife, Faryal, their two daughers Lamaisah and Alayna, and 4-month-old son, Mohammed.
Khan, who won the WBA title at the age of 22 and boasts an overall boxing record of 101-9, wants to open a boxing academy in the UAE.
“I would love to open an academy here. See, one thing that boxing teaches you is discipline and that’s what I want to teach people. I want to teach them discipline and I think having an academy here is definitely going to make a big difference for the people, for the youth, and also get them into boxing and also, maybe, one day we can have boxing events here,” Khan said.
“I think it starts from grassroots level where if we have boxing academies here first, then people will get more involved in boxing and then they will host boxing events,” he added. ICA/Expat Media
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