Amir Khan could face Manny Pacquiao and wants Floyd Mayweather

Amir Khan is discussing a potential fight with Manny Pacquiao and has not ruled out a future bout with Floyd Mayweather despite his intention to retire.

The Bolton boxer has also denied claims he could meet former WBO light-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

Khan has not fought since his points win over Chris Algieri in May, but has distanced himself from claims a fight was on the horizon against Provodnikov, who had been discussing a possible meeting in November.

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“No one has approached me about that fight,” Khan told Sky Sports.

“I don’t know anything about it, (manager) Al Haymon has not even mentioned that fight to me.

“So I think it is just a rumour to be honest with you, but the Manny Pacquiao fight seems more likely to happen.

“We are working on that fight, we are speaking to (Pacquiao’s promoter) Bob Arum and his team and I think if that is going to happen, it will happen early next year.

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“It’s a good fight for me. We know each other quite well, we’ve done up to 100 rounds of sparring. I used to train with Freddie Roach before so it makes a good story line as well.

“But I think it is a good time to catch Manny Pacquiao now, I think it would be a huge fight, I don’t know where it’s going to be yet but we are talking terms and negotiating if we can make the fight happen.”

Mayweather enjoyed a 49th straight win against Andre Berto before announcing his retirement, but there is a strong belief he will return for a 50th bout to break former world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s unbeaten record.

“Who knows, he might come back for the 50th fight, I can’t see him retiring. I know what Floyd Mayweather is like; I’ve spent time with him, I’ve been in the gym with him, he’s a guy who can’t stay in one place.

“So I really believe he will come back for that 50th fight and I really think he will go for that Amir Khan versus Floyd Mayweather fight.”