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Arum: Khan can fight Pacquiao

Now that Amir Khan has lost out on the Mayweather fight he so craved, Bob Arum says he's willing to make a deal with Khan to fight Manny Pacquiao.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It appears that all is not lost for Amir Khan in terms of him landing a big-money fight. Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum tells The Telegraph that he's ready and willing to hash out a deal for Khan to fight Manny Pacquiao next year, once Manny returns from injury.

"This kid Amir Khan keeps shooting his mouth off about Manny Pacquiao. I can arrange for Khan to fight Pacquiao," Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, told The Telegraph.

"Amir Khan has been begging Mayweather for a fight and now he can get a major fight. I'm not a hard guy to deal with. I'm not going to mess them around," said Arum.

Arum is currently scheduled to open talks with Amir Khan's camp this weekend in London, hoping to outline a deal for Khan to face Pacquiao somewhere in the Middle East (although not in Dubai which is often brought up as possible location). Bob says he currently has two groups in the Middle East who want to host a Pacquiao fight, and he'd like to make that fight against Khan, although even a decent opponent would suffice.

Bob Arum also went on to call Mayweather-Berto "a farce," something that the bettings odds certainly reflect to be true - but Arum is in no position to be critical after he was so content to make Pacquiao-Algieri happen, a fight absolutely no one was asking for. Either way, Arum continued on by saying that Floyd should've fought Amir Khan instead, but that he's happy to make his own offer to Khan, particularly because he thinks Pacquiao has too much firepower for him.

"It's a good fight. Manny beats him, though, in my opinion. Manny is getting up in age, so you never know what's going to happen. But I think he hits too hard for Khan."

"We're not dangling (an offer for Khan like Mayweather did). I want to go in and make a deal with the guy. I'm happy to have lunch with them and discuss the situation."

How do you like this potential fight between Pacquiao and Khan for early next year? Will Pacquiao be too far past it?

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