Manny Pacquiao next opponent is Amir Khan on May 20 in UAE
Manny Pacquiao is fighting Amir Khan on May 20 in UAE

Manny Pacquiao is fighting Amir Khan on May 20 in the United Arab Emirates.

Late January numerous media reported that Australian Jeff Horn would be the one to form the opposition for Manny Pacquiao in his next fight. It was also expected that Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane would be the venue to host the showdown. Nevertheless last week, following the polls, Filipino great boxer announced his next opponent in the face of British Amir Khan.

On Sunday Pacquiao made a new tweet. He now also revealed the date of the match which was previously rumored as May 20.

“Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted. #PacquiaoKhan,” he posted. Earlier this month he has also advised that UAE would accommodate his next journey inside the boxing ring.

However, also last week the Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told News Corp Australia that reports that he had signed a deal with Khan for the Pacquiao fight do not reflect the reality. He described it as “total and complete bulls***”. He has also confirmed no changes on Monday.

The Courier-Mail report on Tuesday said that the camp of Jeff Horn was still hopeful. The DUCO events director Dean Lonergan said that the phone conversation with Bob Arum on Thursday should likely dot the i’s and cross the t’s. In addition, it was advised that Arum would have a meeting with Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz on Wednesday.

Manny Pacquiao vs Amir Khan

Today Yahoo Sports quotes Koncz saying that after a meeting with Arum both sides are on the same page. In addition, the date of the fight is indeed May 20 in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

“We decided to move it to May 19 here [USA] 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. “I have to talk to both fighters to get them to approve going in May instead of in April. I don’t think that will be any problem. We just want to do the best and the biggest fight we can, and this makes a lot of sense for so many reasons.”