Amir Khan v Manny Pacquiao – fight to take place in 2017?

Amir Khan v Manny Pacquiao

Amir Khan could be going head to head with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao in the UK later this year

The pair are rumoured to have been in negotiations over the last few weeks, with a proposed date of 20th May 2017 being thrown around for the fight.

Pacquiao’s representatives are believed to still be in talks with other fighters along with Khan though, including Australian boxer Jeff Horn.

Khan hasn’t fought since May 2016 when he went up against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title, suffering a sixth round knockout defeat. Following that fight he had surgery on a hand injury, but is now ready to make his return to the ring.

The Bolton boxer was linked with a fight against domestic rival Kell Brook over the past few months, but Brook has now been forced to defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Errol Spence instead.

Pacquiao is a multi-weight world champion, and currently holds the WBO welterweight belt after defeating Jessie Vargas in his last fight back in November.

Khan and Pacquiao were previously stablemates in the Freddie Roach stable, but Khan left the camp and is now trained by Virgil Hunter instead.

Pacquiao is still trained by Roach, where he will now be joined by Bury boxer Scott Quigg.

If the fight between Khan and Pacquiao does take place, then there is a good chance that it could take place at either the Macron Stadium in Bolton, or at the Manchester Arena.