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Manny Pacquiao ‘in negotiations’ to fight Amir Khan »

In this photo taken on September 29, 2016, Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao stretches before a training session at a gym in Manila, ahead of his November 6 bout with Mexican boxer Jessie Vargas.  / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao on Thursday said he was "in negotiations" to face British fighter Amir Khan, after weeks of conflicting reports over his next bout. "My team and I are in negotiations with Amir Khan for our next fight. Further announcements coming soon," Pacquiao, 38, said on his official Twitter feed. Pacquiao's post follows various accounts from different sources over who he will be facing next and where the fight…

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Did the Old Fox get outfoxed? »

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lands a right to the head of Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Unbeaten Jeff Horn of Australia (16-0-1) has always paled as a disposable prospective next opponent for the legendary Filipino boxing superhero Manny Pacquiao. The clean-cut former school teacher from Brisbane was so obscure Pacquiao had to wonder who he was after promoter Bob Arum named him as Pacquiao’s next assignment. “This is my first time to hear his name,” Pacquiao told an interviewer at his Senate office recently. Of course, the whole boxing…

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Pacquiao fight now in UAE, says Koncz »

Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao’s next fight on April 23 will definitely be in the United Arab Emirates. His opponent, however, has yet to be decided upon. That’s the message relayed to Filipino scribes by Mike Koncz Saturday, Pacquiao’s adviser, who facilitated the deal that superseded an earlier agreement forged by Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, for Pacquiao to fight Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane or any other Australian city. Horn remains in strong contention though, according…

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Will Uncle Bob Arum speak up, please »

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows boxing promoter Bob Arum gesturing while speaking at a press conference for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California.
Arum has slammed as "total madness" a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

There were three odd possibilities listed last week on how Jeff Horn of Australia could hope to upset Manny Pacquiao: 1) Pacquiao suddenly turns old; 2) Pacquiao shows up unprepared; 3) Pacquiao suddenly turns dull and dumb. In the same report emanating from Australia, Horn, the awful underdog, was given only an eight-point chance of winning, while Pacquiao got 92. Putting it plainly in pundit parlance, the chances of the unbeaten Horn were slim and…

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Pick my opponent, Pacquiao asks fans »

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao raises his WBO welterweight championship belt during a news conference upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao, 38, will add another fight to his long career resume when he takes on Australian welterweight Jeff Horn on April 23 at a venue to be decided. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

Manny Pacquiao on Monday asked his legions of Twitter followers to choose his opponent after announcing his next world title defence will be in the United Arab Emirates. "See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao" the WBO world welterweight champion tweeted, appearing to scupper reports that he would next fight Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane in April. Pacquiao then posted a poll on his official Twitter feed asking his…

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Pacquiao-Horn moves to UAE »

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lands a right to the head of Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

From Australia to United Arab Emirates. That’s the abrupt detour Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Jeff Horn took Saturday. Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, announced the startling development at a press conference with officials of Al Afaq Tourism on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. “We did execute an agreement. 100 percent, the fight will happen here (UAE),” Koncz told filipinotimes.ae, adding that Horn remains to be Pacquiao’s likely opponent. Pacquiao confirmed the report with an Instagram post…

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Koncz: Pacquiao to fight Horn in UAE »

Manny Pacquiao. AP

Manny Pacquiao's fight against unheralded Jeff Horn which was initially slated in Australia will be held in the United Arab Emirates instead. According to Michael Koncz, longtime adviser of the Filipino boxing champion, there is "100 percent" the bout will be staged in the UAE. “It took us a while to get this deal together,”Koncz said in an interview with boxingscene.com. “There was a lot of confusion whether this is going to…

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