Boxing fans vote for who Amir Khan's next opponent should be

Amir Khan v Samuel Vargas at Arena Birmingham

Amir Khan knows that the time to make his move is now.

The 31-year-old has experienced the exhilarating highs and crushing lows of a sport he loves along with a difficult period in his personal life in recent times.

After finding time to get his head around his issues, Khan has now come out the other side with a clear mindset to be the best fighter he can.

After claiming victory against Colombian Samuel Vargas in Birmingham courtesy of a unanimous decision on Saturday, Khan talked with confidence in regards to his future.

"I want a super-fight with a massive name and I’d love it in a stadium," he said.

It was only Khan's fourth fight in the past three years where he has a 3-1 record over that span and he is well aware that there is little time to waste.

As is often the case, as soon as one fight is done, everyone's attention turns to who his next opponent could be.

Khan beat Vargas on points

Khan has stated he wants the legendary Manny Pacquiao as his next opponent, but there is also an opportunity to settle a long-term feud with rival Kell Brook, who was ringside on Saturday.

So who do the fans want to see him face next? GiveMeSport ran a poll on Facebook to find out exactly that.

Perhaps surprisingly, it proved to be a pretty convincing victory for Pacquiao, who attracted 72% of the vote from nearly 11,200 respondents, with only 28% thinking an all-British showdown with Brook is the right choice.

Pacquiao was the overwhelming favourite

Brook is a fighter that is not afraid to fight the best of the best, taking on Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr in the last two years.

He lost his unbeaten record to Golovkin courtesy of a fifth-round TKO, and followed that with an 11th round defeat to Errol Spence in his home city of Sheffield in May last year.

He returned to winning ways earlier this year, though, after defeating Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko with a powerful second round knockout.

Brook made a winning return earlier this year

Meanwhile, Pacquiao had infrequently fought since losing the super fight to Floyd Mayweather in 2015, due to his growing political career in his home country.

But since falling to defeat against Australian Jeff Horn and losing his WBO welterweight title, the 39-year-old has responded with a seventh-round TKO against Lucas Matthysse in May where he won the WBA (regular) welterweight title.

So it is clear whoever Khan chooses, he will certainly have his work cut out.

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