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Pacquiao and Khan haggle over purse money in negotiations

The proposed Pacquiao-Khan fight has already hit at least one roadblock.

Amir Khan Media Day Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

How much money does Amir Khan want in order to take on Manny Pacquiao? Apparently a lot more money than Pacquiao believes he deserves. WBN reports that Pacquiao believes Khan is overpricing himself which could prevent their negotiations from progressing.

Khan, however, apparently believes he’s a position of power in these negotiations as he flaunts the fact that there are other big fights out there that he could take if the Pacquiao talks don’t go anywhere.

“Manny needs to know I’ve got other options — I have Kell Brook as well,” he said, referring to his fellow British fighter.

“Manny can’t price himself out, he’s not going to make the same kind of money fighting anyone else. That’s my message to Manny,” said Khan, who will also celebrate his birthday nine days before Pacquiao.”

So Khan throws Kell Brook’s name out there — which would undoubtedly be a big fight in the U.K. — but if history serves as any kind of guide, Khan wants absolutely no part of Brook. That fight could’ve been made years ago if Khan had been so inclined. Therefore it’s hard to believe Khan has more leverage in negotiations than Pacquiao does, especially coming off wins over fighters like Phil Lo Greco and Samuel Vargas (no disrespect), and this tactic could prove to undermine Khan’s effort to land a fight a with Pacquiao.

It’s well known that Khan has been badly aching for a fight with Pacquiao for many years now, and considering how many times Khan has circumvented a fight with Brook, a smart Pacquiao probably calls his bluff.

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