By Steve Kim
Over the weekend, WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao announced over social media that he had come to terms with Amir Khan for an April 23rd fight in the UAE.
So does that make the fight official to Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank?
"No," Arum answered flatly on Monday morning when contacted by BoxingScene.com. When asked to give his stance on these reports, Arum replied - "I have none. We'll see what we see."
So what happens next? Arum is scheduled to have a Tuesday meeting with Pacquiao's personal adviser, Michael Koncz.
''Well, Mike Koncz is flying in to the United States now and we're going to meet tomorrow," said Arum.
It's been evident that while Arum preferred Pacquiao face Jeff Horn in Australia, that Koncz and Pacquiao have been looking for a fight in the Middle East and have fielded various offers.
Arum insists that everyone is on the same page.
"I don't know what offer were talking about but obviously we're all collegial, we're all on the same team and we'll discuss what is the best move for Manny tomorrow," Arum said.
For years there have been rumors of big fights taking place in venues located in Dubai but have never materialized. Does Arum believe what's being promised to Pacquiao is dubious?
"I'm not going to say till I know," he answered.
Arum is still hoping that Pacquiao face Horn but now - "certainly not in April."
Pacquiao is expected to fight twice in 2017 but will this be his last year in boxing?
"That I don't know," admitted the veteran promoter.
Pacquiao and Khan were once training partners when both boxers were under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Khan left Roach in 2012 and hired Virgil Hunter.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.