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I'll fight Khan in England, says Pacquiao

ESPN staff
November 18, 2014
Amir Khan makes no secret of his desire to fight former sparring partner Pacquiao © PA Photos
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Manny Pacquiao has revealed that he would be open to fighting Amir Khan in England and accused Floyd Mayweather Jr of "avoiding" him.

Pacquiao has made no secret of his desire for a superfight with Mayweather, but admits a showdown with Bolton-born Khan could be on the cards - words which will be music to the ears of Khan and British boxing fans.

"A fight with Amir would be an exciting fight," Pacquiao told the Daily Telegraph. "I can fight him anywhere, even in England.

Manny Pacquiao puts his WBO welterweight title on the line against Chris Algieri this weekend © Getty Images
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"I don't know how much longer I will fight. I'd like to retire in the next few years, so for now I am willing to face anybody."

Pacquaio also opened up on Mayweather, saying he is resigned to the fact the fight - which would be the highest-grossing of all time, estimated at around £200 million - may never happen.

"I'll never be frustrated if the Floyd fight doesn't happen," said eight-weight world champion Pacquiao. "I'm ready to fight him anytime, anywhere.

"It's him who refuses. I've made it clear that I want to fight him - it is up to him now.

"Modesty aside, I'm happy and content with the legacy I have in boxing, even if I don't fight Floyd. I always want to make the fans happy though and I know they want that fight. I also know that if we did fight, it would be good for the sport."

"It's obvious he is avoiding a fight with me. He always makes excuses. Just make the fight and stop talking. I've made it clear that my phone line is always open for him to call me."

"I pity him because all he thinks and does reflects the worldly aspects of life. He seems to have forgotten his spiritual nourishment."

Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight title against unbeaten Chris Algieri in China on Saturday.

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