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Amir Khan is still chasing a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Amir Khan remains hopeful of meeting Manny Pacquiao in the ring in 2018

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Amir Khan has been chasing a bout with Manny Pacquiao for what seems like an eternity.

It seemed like Khan would get his wish earlier this year when negotiations between the two camps intensified, but the Bolton fighter was left frustrated once more as talks fell through.

The Filipino great instead chose to fight Australian Jeff Horn; a bout he would lose in controversial circumstances.

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Many experts inside the boxing world thought that Pacquiao had done enough to earn victory over his opponent, but the judges thought otherwise.

Khan has also expressed his belief that he thought the Filipino won the fight, although he did praise Horn's desire during the bout.

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Speaking to World Boxing News, the former light-welterweight world champion said: "Manny is a great fighter, so talented and should have won the fight. Maybe a younger Pacquiao would have knocked him out but in my opinion he won.

"I just think when a guy comes to the ring like Horn, someone who comes to win, he only has thoughts on winning so that was the problem for Manny."

And, despite all the frustrations of trying to secure a fight against Pacquiao, the 30-year-old has confirmed he still has hopes to share the ring with his former stablemate.

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Khan said: "I think the fight with me and Manny may be over, but if he has a rematch with Horn and I have a tune-up fight then it could still happen.

"I know there's a lot of talk about the fight happening. I speak to Freddie Roach and his team want the fight as much as me so why not?

"It's a fight that may not happen but I'm not going to put all my eggs in one basket. It would be a great fight which would certainly suit my style."

The former Olympic silver medallist has been away from boxing for over a year, having not entered the ring since his defeat to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016.

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And, although he has been looking to secure his return to the ring, 'King Khan' is still unsure to when and who he will fight in his next appearance.

But, if this interview is anything to go by, a showdown with Manny Pacquiao is undoubtedly his number one priority.

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