Saying “sometimes friends have to fight each other,” fragile pugilist Amir Khan is ready to throw fists with Manny Pacquiao in the future.
Meeting on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s match versus Marcos Maidana, Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) will battle tough Puerto Rican Luis Collazo on May 3 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan, who became one of the most youthful British world champs ever at the age of 22, most recently exited the squared circle in April 2013 after outscoring Mexican Julio Diaz.
Flattened by a left hook in the fourth and staggered by the same blow in the eighth, 10th and 11th rounds, Khan was lucky to escape without losing to Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs).
“It can happen, definitely,” said Khan, 27, who was in the mix to clash with Mayweather. “We are friends, but sometimes friends have to fight each other. I’ll fight the best people, so if that means Manny’s one of them and it happens, then why not?”
Comparatively, the 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley to capture the WBO welterweight title two weeks ago in “Sin City.”
Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) officially trumped the 30-year-old Bradley (31-1-0-1, 12 KOs) by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.
Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, an extremely aggressive Pacquiao used his southpaw stance to pepper Bradley with straight left hands.
The “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA was periodically careless and even borderline reckless.
Fortunately for the Filipino icon, Bradley possesses feathery fists and proved incapable of seriously hurting Pacquiao.
An eight-division world champ, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” will next face the winner of the May 17 bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado.
Hence, a contest pitting Pacquiao against Khan wouldn’t occur until at least the spring of 2015.
Still, provided the Brit overcomes the 32-year-old Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs), Khan and Pacquiao “can happen, definitely.”
“So if that means Manny’s one of them,” Pacquiao would knockout Amir Khan within nine rounds.