Eddie Hearn reveals he was in talks for Manny Pacquiao to face Amir Khan and had the fight ‘ready to go’ in Dubai before the eight-weight world champion opted to retire
- Eight-weight world champion was repeatedly linked with a fight against Khan
- Defeat by Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas sparked his decision to hang up his gloves
- Hearn has no interest in setting up a showdown between Khan and Kell Brook
Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed he was in talks to make the Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan bout happen in Dubai before Filipino decided to retire this week.
The eight-weight world champion, 42, was repeatedly linked with a fight against Khan before his defeat by Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas sparked his decision to hang up his gloves and run for president of the Philippines next year.
And Hearn told IFLTV: ‘I was in talks with Amir to make the Manny Pacquiao fight about four weeks ago with Sean Gibbons before he made his decision to retire and we had that fight in great shape, ready to go in Dubai.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says he had Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan fight in ‘great shape’
‘That was the fight I was interested in and I want Amir Khan against Conor Benn.’
Hearn insisted he had no interest in setting up a showdown between Khan and long-term British rival Kell Brook.
Former unified light-welterweight world champion Khan, 34, claimed former IBF welterweight champion Brook, 35, initially agreed to fight him at 147 pounds, but then he moved it up to 149 lbs.
Pacquiao was repeatedly linked with a fight against Khan before he opted to retire this week
Eddie Hearn has no interest in setting up a showdown between Khan and rival Kell Brook
Now Khan says Brook is asking the weight to be 149.5.
Hearn added: ‘You have two guys sitting at home saying how do we make as much money as possible
‘Neither of them want it anymore, especially Kell.’