Amir Khan to retire if fight with Pacquiao can’t be made

Former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan (34-5) has revealed that he’s considering the “R” world if a fight with Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2) can’t be negotiated.

Earlier this month the 32-year-old Brit defeated Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia in somewhat of an exhibition fight. Right after the bout, he told the media that a clash with the Filipino star is all set and done, but the very next day Manny’s camp denied the talks and said Khan is lying.

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“I was just told what to say in the press conference by my advisors,” said Khan in comments published by the Daily Star. “I think it was all very badly handled. I just think the only way a fight like that will happen is if me and Pacquiao sit together and talk.

“We’ll see if it happens next year. We both know it’s a big fight which can make a lot of money. Look, it’s the final chapter now. A couple of more fights – honestly. I’ve done well in the sport financially, winning titles and making a name for myself.

“It’s all about now just enjoying the last bit – the last few fights – and just calling it a day really.

“Health is everything and family. Everything you do is for your family. I want to be in one piece for when I’m spending time with them. You’re always just one punch away from getting hurt. I never want that one punch to land on me, you know? Before it’s too late… so let’s see how it goes.”

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The 40-year-old Pacquiao has just decisioned Keith Thurman last week, claiming the WBA “Super” welterweight title.

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