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Manny Pacquiao willing to fight "friend" Amir Khan

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Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he would be willing to fight "friend" Amir Khan after coming out of retirement.

The Filipino boxer retired from the sport after his triumph over Timothy Bradley back in April, but is scheduled to face Jesse Vargas in Las Vegas on Saturday night, with the WBO Welterweight title at stake. 

Watching Gennady Golovkin beat Kell Brook in September encouraged the boxing veteran to make a comeback to the sport, and he's already looking past the Vargas fight for future opponents.

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Pacquiao said: "I'm willing to fight anybody. Amir Khan is my friend and it's good to fight somebody that you know. That's better."

The 37-year-old will be competing in his 67th fight when he goes up against Vargas, his first fight for a world title as a member of the Filipino senate. 

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However, Pacquiao believes that he has the ability to juggle the two very unique roles.

The veteran added: "The love of boxing motivated me and also I feel lonely inside. I realise I can still box and so I decided to change my mind and continue the journey.

"It's not easy (to combine boxing with being a senator), it's hard to balance working in an office and training but I can manage my time.

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"This is a very important fight and it's a difficult fight - he's a champion so you can't underestimate him or take him lightly but I'll make sure I'm 100 percent conditioned, mentally and spiritually", the boxer commenting on his upcoming fight."

Speaking about his seven month hiatus, Pacquiao said: "I thought I wouldn't see you again, but now I'm here to continue my journey.

"I respect Vargas and his team, how dedicated they are. I feel what he's feeling right now because I've been there when I was 27 years old, 28 years old and I know how hungry I was."

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On the undercard of the Pacquiao and Vargas fight, Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming will be aiming to clinch his first ever professional boxing title as he takes on Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym of Thailand for the vacant WBO Flyweight crown. 

Shiming will be fighting outside his home country of China for only the second time when he makes his Las Vegas debut. 

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