By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN has KO'd all thoughts of a mega-bucks clash with Manny Pacquiao.
Amir Khan will climb into the ring with Manny Pacquiao, who has held 10 world titles, for a sparring session in the Philippines.
“But that’s as close as we will get to hitting each other,” Khan said. “There is absolutely no way we will ever fight each other in earnest.”
WBA world light-welterweight champion Khan has flown to the Philippines from his Los Angeles base to link up with Pacquiao.
The pair will work together as Khan steps up his training for the next defence of his title against Belfast’s Paul McCloskey at Manchester’s MEN on April 16.
Khan and Filipino Pacquiao are both trained by Freddie Roach and that fact, allied to their close friendship, has scuppered all thoughts of them fighting each other.
Khan, 24, said: “I will never fight Manny. He has one or two fights left in him, but I will not be one of them.
“The fight might one day be pushed towards us, but he and me have agreed that we will never fight each other.
“No matter what kind of money would be on offer, there is absolutely no way that two people who are such good friends will fight each other.
“It is obviously a good fight that people would love to see, but it won’t take place – we have an agreement with each other.
“You must also remember that we are both trained by Freddie Roach and a fight between us would put him in a very awkward position.
“He would have that kind of agonising choice to make – does he go into my corner or does he go into Manny’s corner?
“He likes us both so much that we both feel we do not want to put him into the awkward position where he has to make that kind of choice.”
THE Khan-McCloskey fight will be shown live on Sky Box Office HD. Tickets can be obtained from Ticketmaster (0844 844 0444).