No stranger to hosting large, attention-grabbing events, the UAE could be set to play host for one of boxing's biggest bouts next year, as British boxer Amir Khan is on course for a fight with Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in 2016, The Telegraph has reported.
The report claimed Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is hoping to begin talks in London, for a showdown between the two men. The fight would take place next year either in the Middle East or Las Vegas. Although Dubai has apparently been ruled out for the event, Abu Dhabi remains a strong possibility. As yet, no venue has been announced in the running.
Arum was quoted as saying: "This kid Amir Khan keeps shooting his mouth off about Manny Pacquiao. I can arrange for Khan to fight Pacquiao. 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.”
He added: "There's two different groups in the Middle East (wanting to host the fight). I'd like to do Pacquiao against Amir Khan but they'll take Manny against any decent guy."