Boxing: Amir Khan confirms Manny Pacquiao fight


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Britain’s Amir Khan has revealed on Twitter that a deal has been agreed with Manny Pacquiao for a fight in April.

The two are friends after they both trained together under Freddie Roach but Khan has finally got his wish after trying to secure a fight for the last few years as he tries to win more world honours.

The Olympic silver medallist was linked with a fight with Kell Brook this year but the two camps could not agree a deal and Brook has since secured a fight with his mandatory challenger Errol Spence Jr.

Khan has not featured in a ring since May 2016, when he was stopped in dramatic fashion by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez after moving up to middleweight.

The 30-year-old ace was up on the scorecards before Alvarez sent him crashing to the canvas in what was another bruising defeat.

Pacquiao retired in April 2016 but returned to the ring to beat Jessie Vargas and he is set to defend his WBO welterweight title in two months’ time.

The Filipino asked his fans this month who they wanted him to fight and after Khan topped the polls, the duo have now agreed terms.

Confirming the clash, Khan tweeted: “My team an I have agreed terms with Manny Pacquiao and his team for a super fight #pacquiaokhan #April23rd.”

Neither fighter have confirmed the location of the bout but Bolton, Manchester and the United Arab Emirates have been mentioned since the fight was announced.

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