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Khan: Pacquiao is a real man, Mayweather still running

Amir Khan says that talks for a early 2016 clash with Manny Pacquiao are currently underway.

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Amir Khan turned down a potential Nov. 7th Showtime fight against Ruslan Provodnikov, as he still has his sights set on Manny Pacquiao. According to Khan, negotiations for a Spring 2016 fight with Pacquiao are already underway and he praises Manny for being receptive to the fight.

"There's talks with Manny Pacquiao, who I respect a lot," Khan told USA TODAY Sports, "because even though he got beat by Mayweather, you call him a real man because obviously he's proven himself by beating those top guys. And Mayweather is still running.

"And even though Mayweather beat him, Mayweather fought him like six years after when that fight would have been 50-50 six years ago. Mayweather didn't want nothing to do with him. Mayweather's a smart guy, he waited and waited for him to get old."

Hmmm, so if Mayweather waited for Manny to get old, what exactly are you hoping to prove by fighting this diminished version of Pacquiao, Amir? Truth be told, at this stage I actually think Khan has more than a decent chance to beat Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight bout. It should certainly be a fun fight if it comes together, it just comes down to what Manny wants to do in his next outing. Bob Arum says that Manny will choose his next opponent.

And despite Amir Khan being aligned with Al Haymon, who isn't exactly on the best of terms with Pacquiao's Top Rank banner, Amir insists that Haymon won't stand in the way of the fight getting made.

"At the end of the day, Al thinks of the fighters, and he wants the best for me," said Khan, who recently purchased equity in India-based MMA promotion Super Fight League, "and he wants the best for the fighters, so yeah, I think it can happen. (Haymon) didn't tell me (the fight is definitely doable), but obviously he said ‘whatever you think is right for you, you make the choices.'"

What remains to be seen is whether or not Amir will sit out the rest of 2015 in anticipation for the Pacquiao fight, or if he'll take a stay busy fight against a no-hoper who can't tear up his lottery ticket.

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