Welterweight Amir Khan had to climb off the canvas to continue his comeback with a points win over Toronto’s Sam Vargas on Saturday.
In his second fight since returning to the ring after a two-year absence, Khan was knocked down in the final seconds of the second round.
Vargas, a former North American champion, had already been put down himself when he stunned Khan and the capacity crowd. But, with potential next opponent Kell Brook watching at ringside, Khan recovered on his stool, came out and floored Vargas again.
The 31-year-old Khan (33-4), a former world super lightweight champion, was unable to finish the job and eventually had to settle for a unanimous decision from the gruelling fight.
Vargas’ record dropped to 29-4 plus two draws.
Now Khan is looking forward to securing a showdown with former sparring partner Manny Pacquiao, who holds the WBA "regular" welterweight title.
The two boxers trained side by side for years, when they were both handled by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Khan left Roach in 2012, while Pacquiao parted ways with the trainer earlier this year.
Pacquiao is now trained by Buboy Fernandez and Khan works with Joe Goossen.
Khan has listed Pacquiao as his top priority.
"Bring on Manny Pacquiao," Khan told Sky Sports. "He is an amazing, amazing boxer, so who wants to see Manny Pacquiao? Who wants to see the Kell Brook fight?
"I want the biggest fights and that's where I belong. Me and Eddie [Hearn] are going to sit down. There is a massive demand for it but the only fight that works for me over Kell Brook is Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is who I want. I want Manny Pacquiao.
"Manny Pacquiao is my No 1 pick. If not, we will go back to the drawing board and if it's Kell Brook, it's Kell Brook."