Mobile Home | Desktop Version




Pacquiao out, Brook in Khan’s radar

By Eddie Alinea
PhilBoxing.com
Fri, 12 Oct 2018



With his repeated call for Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao going unheeded, welterweight Amir Khan has reportedly set his eyes on fellow Briton Kell Brook early next year.

Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told ESPN on Tuesday that the much-anticipated meeting between the two former world champions, who he both promotes, is currently in the works and could be held in February.

"It's been in the mix for a while," said Hearn, who met with Khan last week to discuss his future. "With (Manny) Pacquiao not committed to a fight with Khan, (Brook-Khan) could be in February or March. We know it's a huge fight. We're looking at that."

Khan has been pursuing Pacquiao to fight him for years to no avail and now Pacquiao appears more interested in a rematch with unretiring Floyd Mayweather, Khan’s biggest fight in his career could be against Brook.

Brook, a former welterweight titlist now boxing as a junior middleweight, and Khan, an ex-unified junior welterweight titleholder who has been fighting as a welterweight, have been reported to erase each other for years for a fight that is expected to be massive in the United Kingdom.

When Khan signed with Hearn in January it was assumed it was for the purpose of eventually putting the fight with Brook together and Hearn has been talking to both sides in his efforts to make it a reality.

Khan, however, had expressed preference to face the eight-division world belt owner instead, claiming that confrontation with the now Filipino senator could be bigger than the one against Brook or anybody.

It will be the fourth time that Khan, a former stablemate of the soon-to-40-year old World Boxing Association welterweight titlist, will miss fighting Pacquiao.

Report had it that Pacquiao has signed with manager/adviser Al Haymon although details of the deal have yet to be made public except that the multi-division world champ had signed to a two-fight deal that would possibly see him returning to the US to face Adrien Broner in early 2019 and then Mayweather in a megabucks rematch of their 2015 encounter which was the most lucrative prizefight of all time.

Broner had drawn once and lost twice in his last three fights. He drew with Jessie Vargas in a 12-round super-lightweight showdown last April 21 before bowing to Mikey Garcia and Adrian Granados by decisions last year.

Pacquiao who lost his WBO 147-pound crown to Australian Jeff Horn in 2017, came back to claim the WBA version of the title last July with a seventh round TKO of Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur.

The first time Mayweather and Pacquiao fought drew upwards of $600 million and set records for both pay-per-view buys and live gate revenue. The rematch is guaranteed to be yet another monster event that even if it generates half the revenue of the first fight, it’ll still be the biggest money fight, by far, to be made in all of boxing.

Still a legitimate top 5 welterweight, Pacquiao’s abilities are mostly intact and a real threat to any of the fighters at 147.

According to Hearn, Khan wants the fight with Brook at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, which Brook has struggled to make and is the reason he moved up in weight. But Khan learned a hard lesson when he moved up to fight Alvarez at 155 pounds, one over the junior middleweight limit, and wants Brook to come down in weight to fight him.






Recent PhilBoxing articles:

  • ESPN’s Telecast of Lomachenko-Pedraza is the Second Highest-Rated Fight on Cable Television in 2018, only Behind Crawford-Benavidez Jr. on ESPN October 2018
    By , Mon, 10 Dec 2018
  • Eros Correa Remains Undefeated with TKO Victory in Mexico
    By , Mon, 10 Dec 2018
  • Keith "The Bounty" Hunter Remains Undefeated with 1st Round Knockout
    By , Mon, 10 Dec 2018
  • Pacquiao’s build up regimen shifts to muscle-building
    By Eddie Alinea, Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • Lomachenko Decisions Pedraza, Unifies WBA/WBO Lightweight World Titles
    By , Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • RENE 'EL GEMELO' ALVARADO DEFEATS CARLOS 'THE SOLUTION' MORALES
    By , Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • Riddick Bowe Says He Could Beat Wilder With 3 Months of Training, 'I'd Tap That Ass'
    By , Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • BREAKHAUS DOMINATES LOPES, RETAINS TITLES
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA STOPS VICTOR MENDEZ IN 7
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • SHIELDS SHUTS OUT HERMANS TO RETAIN HER TITLES
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • HAWTON STOPS VILLALOBOS
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • EARLY RESULTS FROM CARSON, CA (PHOTOS)
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • February 2: Alvarez-Kovalev 2 Lands at Ford Center at The Star
    By , Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • Magnolia’s defense did the trick in Game 2
    By Eddie Alinea, Sun, 09 Dec 2018
  • OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: The rise and fall of Pacquiao as a welterweight
    By Eddie Alinea, Sat, 08 Dec 2018

    Mobile Home | Desktop Version