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Khan: Pacquiao stalling, I'm moving on

Amir Khan says that Team Pacquiao isn't playing ball and have balked at finalizing their Spring 2016 fight. Khan now says that he's pulled out of those negotiations and will fight someone else.

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Amir Khan says he's learned his lesson from the previous Mayweather negotiations and won't be making that same mistake with Manny Pacquiao. In fact, Khan tells The National that Pacquiao has balked at finalizing their Spring 2016 fight and he's now pulled himself out of negotiations and will look to fight someone else.

"I'm really disappointed in Manny and his team," Khan told The National. "They aren't playing ball. All that was left to do is to sign the contract. But they are stalling.

"I have pulled out of the negotiations. I am no longer fighting Manny Pacquiao."

Now I'd imagine this is a bit of posturing on Khan's part. He's made a big show of it to say how bad he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao now that Floyd has retired, and I highly doubt he'll turn away from the Pacquiao fight should Manny be willing to sign on the dotted line within the next few weeks. But be that as it may, Khan insists he's moving on.

"I am not going to wait around for Manny like I did for Mayweather," Khan said. "I need to fight and if they don't want to fight then that's fine, I have other targets."

Khan goes on to suggest that Manny and his team know it'll be a difficult fight for Manny, with Manny's team knowing that Amir would win, and that's why they're slow-rolling an official agreement. As for Amir's other targets, Khan mentions that he wants to go after a Danny Garcia rematch, a fight with Tim Bradley (who has already signed up to fight Brandon Rios), a rematch with Lamont Peterson, or perhaps the Kell Brook fight.

"I am willing to fight anyone, but it seems not everyone is willing to fight me."

Oh, right. Khan is the most avoided fighter in the sport. And it's not like a certain welterweight champion has been all but begging Khan for a fight for however many years now. Nope, it's what Khan said...

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