Manny Pacquiao v Amir Khan is on – at least, that’s the word from both camps. Both fighters have this morning announced via their social media pages that the bout will be taking place on April 23.
As if boxing fans weren’t already being treated to an incredible year in the sport!
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), looked all but set to fight Jeff Horn after a deal was reportedly agreed earlier this year.But Pac Man has since decided against that potential bout in favour of the one we all want to see.
Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) suffered a brutal KO loss to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last time out. But after what will have been 11 months out of the ring, we’re expecting the Bolton-born WBO World welterweight title challenger to come back fighting.
Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted. #PacquiaoKhan
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 26, 2017
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 26, 2017
As expected, Twitter went into meltdown this morning when both fighters broke the news to their respective fans. And we’ve plucked out some of the best responses…
I one day hope to be as good at my job as Khan’s boxing promoter #PacquiaoKhan
— Alex Sunner (@AlexSunner) February 26, 2017
All the negativity surrounding the #PacquiaoKhan fight is from bitter, jealous Kell Brook fans. It’s a great fight.
— Chris Smith (@chefsmith28) February 26, 2017
Why are some people so bothered with Pacquiao fighting Khan?! I like that fight, a lot. Former stable mates both with speed. #PacquiaoKhan
— Michelle Joy Phelps (@MichellePhelps) February 26, 2017
— Prince (@saucey_esco) February 26, 2017
I would absolutely love to see Pacquiao fight in England but would be surprised if it happens here! fancy Khan 4 an upset tbh #PacquiaoKhan
— lee harwood (@lharwood) February 26, 2017
— Patrick Quish (@quishey) February 26, 2017
— TheShivrajRaja (@shivraj_raja) February 26, 2017
Khan will do a lot better against Pacquiao than against Canelo because it’s at welterweight. Could go the distance, or close #PacquiaoKhan
— Parv Ramchurn (@parvwriter) February 26, 2017
#PacquiaoKhan a fight that will be in the history books
— Aakil (@Aakil92) February 26, 2017
#PacquiaoKhan gets juices the flowing but only just. Both past their best and they’re too pally. It’s a speed test. That glass jaw though…
— Amar Patel (@amarofpatel) February 26, 2017
— Amit Champaneri (@AmitChampaneri1) February 26, 2017
Credit to Amir Khan. It just goes to show that no matter how many times you get knocked out, you can still blag a big fight. #PacquiaoKhan
— Sam Lesser (@samrlesser89) February 26, 2017
— Darrell Hooghkirk (@dhooghkirk) February 26, 2017
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