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Pacquiao vs. Khan Will Happen in UAE, Says Michael Koncz

The boxing world has been buzzing since Saturday night, when welterweights Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan made separate announcement via Twitter that a deal was reached for the two of them to face each other on April 23.

After the pair revealed earlier this week that negotiations were ongoing over a potential bout, a date has now been agreed, though no venue has been announced.

There were reports earlier this week that a verbal agreement was in place for Pacquiao-Khan to take place in either Bolton or Manchester. The UAE has been suggested as the likeliest location.

According to Michael Koncz, who is Pacquiao’s adviser, the fight will indeed take place in UAE.

"Yes, the fight will be held in the UAE," Koncz told The National.

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Koncz has also confirmed that a Pacquiao-Khan deal was reached, despite an earlier announcement by promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank that the Filipino's next bout would be against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane.

The announcement of the date adds further intrigue. April 23 falls on a Sunday. For a fight to appeal to the mass pay-per-view television markets of the United States, a fight in the UAE would most likely have to take place at around 7am or 8am in the morning, and on a Sunday, which is a work day in the country.

According to Arum, a group in the Middle East has offered a huge sum of $38 million to bring Pacquiao-Khan to UAE - an offer which caused a potential deal against Horn to fall apart.

Khan has been out of the ring since May of 2016, when he moved up to a catch-weight of 155-pounds to challenge Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. He was knocked out in six rounds.

Pacquiao continues to be trained by Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach, who previously trained Khan for several years. Khan left Roach in 2012 and is now under the tutelage of Virgil Hunter.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by b00g13man on 02-27-2017

Still not buying this. That UAE money isn't trustworthy.

Comment by Liondw on 02-27-2017

Why would they want to fight in the desert? Because of the money I guess. Hbo wld probably be there, even though a bad viewing time for Americans.

Comment by Gentblue on 02-27-2017

[QUOTE=Mequetrefe;17458104]No you're not, after all, one punch can end the fight. But if you are basing your decision because Khan has fast hands and he was doing good against Canela then yes, you are crazy. Manny with his 38 years…

Comment by BreWall on 02-27-2017

Did Koncz finally find a way to exclude Arum?

Comment by 123tommy on 02-27-2017

Got the khan over Pacquiao bet posted if anyone's interested

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