By Keith Idec
Dominic Ingle hopes a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao rematch happens.
Kell Brook’s trainer doesn’t necessarily want to watch those superstars fight again. But if Pacquiao faces Mayweather a second time, it’ll take away Pacquiao as Amir Khan’s most attractive alternative to Brook.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, whose company represents Brook and Khan, still hopes to make that bout before Khan’s three-fight contract with Matchroom Boxing expires.
Ingle gets the sense, unfortunately, that Khan doesn’t really want to box Brook in what would be a big fight in the United Kingdom.
“Well, listen, I’m sure there’s always a way he can wiggle out of it,” Ingle told IFL TV. “But I hope that fight does happen between Pacquiao and Mayweather, because it completely freezes Khan out and I can’t see Khan fighting anybody else in that [welterweight] division – Spence or Porter, because they’ll just run straight through him. So he’s being cornered, hopefully, and he’ll actually man up and fight Kell Brook.”
Ingle isn’t surprised Khan hasn’t been eager to sign a contract for the much-discussed Brook bout.
“He’s always looking to worm his way out, isn’t he?,” Ingle said. “That’s what Khan is. He keeps telling everybody how easy it’ll be for him to beat Kell Brook. But if it’s that easy, why doesn’t he take the fight? Obviously, he doesn’t want that fight. Only time will tell. And if you close all the options off to him, then he’ll have to fight Kell.”
The 31-year-old Khan (33-4, 20 KOs) said after surviving a second-round knockdown to defeat Samuel Vargas (29-4-2, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision September 8 in Birmingham, England, that Pacquiao is the preferred opponent for his next fight. A week later, Mayweather revealed that he intends to end his third retirement to oppose Pacquiao again.
Pacquiao, the WBA world welterweight champion, obviously is interested in what still would be a very profitable fight against Mayweather. Khan likely will have to wait until that situation unfolds before deciding whether to battle Brook (37-2, 26 KOs) or another opponent.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.