Amir Khan's super fight with Manny Pacquiao was called off this week after a promised $38m from an unnamed investment group failed to come to fruition.
The pair announced their highly anticipated matchup last week but the Filipino's promoter, Bob Arum, confirmed on Tuesday that the big money offer was nothing more than fools gold.
Arum told the Los Angeles Times:
“When they contacted me, I told them it was pie in the sky, that this is crazy, it’s not going to happen.
“Manny wanted to roll the dice. He rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes...If something is too good to be true, it’s too good to be true.”
The 38-year-old eight-weight world champion will now look elsewhere for a summer fight but an intriguing interview from fellow welterweight world champion Kell Brook shed light on how the WBO champion would have got on against Khan.
Brook's own talks with Khan broke down once again last month and the IBF welterweight champion is now set to defend his crown against unbeaten American Errol Spence Jr in April instead.
Brook v Khan unlikely
The Sheffield fighter has admitted that his hopes of meeting his fellow Brit in the ring are now slimmer than ever, telling ESPN:
"I don't know about fighting Amir Khan and I don't really care anymore."
A constant issue between the two negotiating teams has been the purse split, with Khan adamant that he is the bigger name and therefore deserving of a larger split, despite Brook holding a better record as a professional and being a current world champion.
"I'm not stopping anything on my side from happening and I've been willing to bend on matters like the purse split.
"If everything was transparent every boxing fan in the world would be behind me on this matter.
"But I've got Errol Spence on my mind right now, but there's Keith Thurman and there are other big fights out there for me other than Khan.
"If my career does end and Khan isn't on my record I will be able to rest in peace knowing that I've tried everything I could to give the fans the fight they wanted to see."
And, Brook believes that Khan would not have fared well against Pacquiao either.
"I still believe Manny Pacquiao [would] stop Khan," he added.
"He's getting on a bit Manny, but he's still good enough and there's enough energy in his legs and he [would] still beat Khan."
Looking forward to Spence
On his own defence against rising star Spence, Brook said:
"I don't believe he's fought anyone on my level yet and I'm looking forward to taking care of him in my own back yard. I believe we'll both bring the best out of each other.
"They think he's going to be the next big star of American boxing but he's fighting me who's a world champion who has belief that no man can beat him. It's a massive step up for him.
"People around me advised me to move up but I'm a stubborn man. It took me a long time to win that world title belt and I'm not going to just give it up.
"It's going to be a struggle to get down to welterweight limit and I will find it hard but I'm too stubborn just to give it up and there are some big fights out there at welterweight."
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