Boxing: Manny Pacquiao vs Amir Khan in the Works?

By James Johansson, Posted: 01/06/17 01:48PM EST

Manny Pacquiao is continuously being linked to a possible showdown with Terence Crawford or Jeff Horn in his next fight. Another name has entered the fray -- former world champion Amir Khan.

Crawford remains the most realistic option for Pacquiao if he wants a competitive match. However, Horn has reportedly edged Crawford in the race to get a shot at the Filipino boxing icon.

But according to World Boxing News, the Pacquiao-Horn fight is not set in stone. The report said that there are other options that could trump the proposed Pacquiao-Horn bout. This includes a potential clash with a big-name Mexican fighter or a showdown with Khan in England or the Middle East.

This is not the first time Pacquiao and Khan has been linked to each other with the most recent happening in November. Pacquiao said before facing Jessie Vargas that he is open to facing Khan in 2017, BoxingScene reported.

The former pound-for-pound king, who briefly retired last year, said that he is willing to set aside their friendship to make the fight happen. But from the looks of it, the Pacquiao-Khan match is unlikely to happen in April, considering the fact that the Briton lost in his previous bout.

Khan, who has a 31-4 record with 19 knockout victories, made a surprising move to face Saul Alvarez at 155 pounds in May last year. Being a natural 147-pounder, Khan took a beating before absorbing a knockout loss in the sixth round of their WBC world middleweight title fight.

Khan was also mentioned as a possible foe for Kell Brook, who is also looking to get back on track. Brook also moved up in weight in his previous fight, where he absorbed a fifth-round knockout defeat to unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

If the Brook-Khan showdown finally happens, it would be a good opportunity for both fighters to rebuild their stack. For Khan, a win over his fellow Briton could mean a ticket for a showdown with Pacquiao, who is expected to fight for the last time later this year.

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