Khan claims Pacquiao has agreed Saudi Arabia bout

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Khan claims Pacquiao has agreed Saudi Arabia bout
British boxer Amir Khan claims that Manny Pacquiao has already signed a deal for a fight to push through in November. Pacquiao's publicist denies the claim.
Instagram / Amir Khan

LONDON, United Kingdom — British boxer Amir Khan claims he has agreed a deal to fight Manny Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia in November.

Khan won the WBC international welterweight title with a fourth round stoppage of Australian Billy Dib in Jeddah on Friday.

Now the 32-year-old plans to return to Saudi Arabia on November 8 to face former sparring partner Pacquiao, if the Filipino comes through unscathed against Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight in Las Vegas this weekend.

A proposed fight between the two fell through in 2017, but Khan says the 40-year-old has given his blessing to a bout in Riyadh, although Pacquiao has yet to publicly confirm it himself.

"Signed off and done, to get Manny Pacquiao is amazing," Khan told British radio station TalkSport at his gym in Bolton on Tuesday.

"To have him sign that dotted line is brilliant. No matter how he does against Thurman I still think it's a big fight."

Pacquiao's publicist, however, denied the deal on an interview with BBC.

"Manny has not signed any contract," Paquiao's spokesperson Fred Sternberg told BBC Sport.

"As far as I know it hasn't been even discussed," Sternberg said.

Filipino legend Pacquiao has 61 wins, seven defeats and two draws in a 24-year professional career, while Khan has 34 wins and five defeats.

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