British professional boxer Amir Khan has to again explore the options for his next fight as the deal to fight Manny Pacquiao ended with both parties not coming to terms.
The uncertainty surrounding the bout came to the limelight in recent weeks with news from various sources close to the camps failing to confirm any provisional date for the fight to take place this year.
If they would have realised the mega-fight, the boxer would have had a guaranteed share of around £31 million, possibility from an unnamed investment group in the United Arab Emirates.
Khan and his representatives, however, are currently on the lookout for a heavyweight opposition who could recoup the same amount as the legendary Pacquiao.
The 30-year-old has been undergoing rigorous training in his quest to trounce the Pacman, which includes his first-ever three-mile uphill run as well.
Some are still hopeful that the highly-anticipated clash might happen in the latter part of the year, although none from either group could give assurances regarding the matter.
Promoter Bob Arum refrained from divulging any further details in respect to this issue.
The former light-welterweight world champion’s last fight ended in defeat against Canelo Alvarez, as the Mexican handed the Brit the fourth loss of his pro career on March 7 2016 in Las Vegas.
Eddie Hearn explains why Khan doesn't want Brook fight
Khan is still sceptical of fighting compatriot Kell Brook who remains a potential candidate for the vacancy, according to Eddie Hearn.
Hearn was quoted by The Sun as saying: “The reason Amir does not want to fight Kell is that he simply cannot stand the thought of losing to him.
“If Khan were to fight Pacman next and lose, then he could pick up the pieces by fighting Kell. If Khan fights Kell next and loses there would be nowhere for him to go.
“Keith Thurman is being talked about as a possible opponent for Khan and that would pay around £3m. Fight Brook and the purse jumps to £8m.”
Other potential opponents
Thurman is yet to lose in his impressive career, amassing 28 wins till date, whereas Lamont Peterson, too, could be a name in Khan’s shortlist.
The Amercian defeated Khan in 2011 but was stripped of his titles following failed drug tests.
Miguel Cotto and Danny Garcia are the other names in discussion.
The boxing fraternity and the fans are willing to see both Khan and Brook come face-to-face in the days ahead.
At the present scenario, Brook is the only choice who could pull in the punters, yet, Khan may be inclined to avoid the clash and could eye another alternative to match the financial aspect of the Pacman fight.
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