"It's kaddish for the UAE deal. It's dead."
The super fight between Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao has been called off. The match, announced via Twitter on 26th February, was due to take place on 23rd April 2017.
The venue, expected to situate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was soon to be confirmed.
However, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum revealed the new announcement. He said: “It’s kaddish for the UAE deal. It’s dead.”
“I’m talking to him about another proposal for another fight, not Khan. Khan won’t be Manny’s next opponent.”
Fans of Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao first heard of the super fight on Twitter.
It started off as a poll on Twitter, asking Manny Pacquiao fans who he should face next in a match. The results showed that his fans wanted to see him head-to-head with Amir Khan.
Khan won 48% of the vote and beat other popular boxers such as Kell Brook, Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn.
Soon after the poll’s results, the two boxers made negotiations about the match. With everything agreed, they tweeted the announcement:
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 26, 2017
Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted. #PacquiaoKhan
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 26, 2017
However, now with the super fight called off, boxing fans will speculate when Amir Khan’s next match will be. And with who.
Surprisingly, Amir Khan’s last fight took place in May 2016. He fought against Saul Alvarez for the WBC middleweight championship. However, the British Asian boxer lost after six rounds.
No doubt Amir Khan will find the news displeasing. Previously he spoke about fighting in the UAE, where a large fanbase supports him. He also spoke before about the idea of facing Manny Pacquiao:
“When I sparred with Manny he was dangerous. They were hard rounds and I knew then that one day I would fight him. I have been ready for a long time.”
While fans wait to hear more on the future of these two boxers, one can’t help but think they would wish the super fight was still on.