Boxing promoter Bob Arum is unsure about Pacquiao vs Khan fight on May 20 in UAE
Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan / Pic: Facebook / @boxingnewsonline

Bob Arum is unsure in regards to the Pacquiao vs Khan bout in the United Arab Emirates.

Early this week Pacquiao vs Khan was officially announced. It has cancelled an anticipated match between Filipino great and Australian boxer Jeff Horn.

Pacquiao and Khan took it to the Twitter announcing the match as well as the date of April 23. Following the two-hour meeting with Bob Arum, Michael Koncz confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) is indeed fighting British Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) in either Abu Dhabi or Dubai, although a different date has been said. He has also advised that everyone was on the same page.

“We decided to move it to May 19 here [in the US] and May 20 in the United [Arab] Emirates so we’d have time to promote it properly and make it a huge success,” Koncz said. “We just want to do the best and the biggest fight we can, and this makes a lot of sense for so many reasons”.

Nevertheless the Top Rank promoter Bob Arum remains uncertain

He has indeed accepted the Khan over Horn fight that he had announced in January. One of the major aspects is the financial matter. The date of the bout also seems to be in question.

“The point is that this is all so premature,” Arum told ESPN on Wednesday. “It’s all bulls****. But Manny is not going to fight in April. I don’t even know if May is feasible.”

The senate in Philippines, where Pacquiao serves, is in session in May. The latter has promised not to miss any session. Although it was expected that the senate would adjust its schedule to allow him to train and fight in late May. In addition Arum advised that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan also had to be considered. It begins on May 26 and ends on June 25. Khan would not be fighting during Ramadan.

The proposed fight in May also competes with the Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight. The The event in Las Vegas is scheduled on May 6 on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“All it is right now is a discussion. It’s like somebody saying, ‘Hey, let’s build a new stadium for the Raiders in Las Vegas.’ You can say anything, but we’re a long way from it being done.”

In conclusion Arum said that the Pacquiao vs Khan fight in UAE could go “away like the breeze”. The concern is as much or as little – $38 million.

“If you can find the money, if you can find that $38 million, I’ll give you 10 percent, make it 20 percent,” Arum said. “The point is a lot of these deals take time to put together, to find money and everything. We’re not there.”

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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