Manny Pacquiao admits he ‘virtually’ agreed a cope with Amir Khan, however the Filipino star has revealed that he nonetheless hopes for a blockbuster battle in Britain.
Pacquiao can produce one other epic world title triumph when he challenges Yordenis Ugas for the WBA ‘tremendous’ welterweight title in Las Vegas within the early hours of Sunday morning, reside on Sky Sports activities.
The eight-weight world champion was repeatedly linked with a battle in opposition to Khan and has revealed that he practically finalised phrases.
“Nearly that battle,” Pacquiao informed Sky Sports activities.
“Nearly near have that battle, however there was an issue about one thing.
“I cannot disclose it.”
Pacquiao had sparred with Khan previously on the Wild Card fitness center in Los Angeles as they shared the identical coach Freddie Roach.
However the boxing legend has warned that these periods would have been meaningless, if that they had settled their rivalry with a aggressive bout.
“Combating within the ring, contained in the ring is completely different than coaching,” stated Pacquiao.
“Completely different than sparring or something.
Pacquiao did show his explosive expertise in opposition to one other of Britain’s greatest names, Ricky Hatton, though his second-round knockout win was staged in Las Vegas relatively than the UK.
However even on the age of 42, Pacquiao stays desperate to obtain a big-name bout on these shores.
“I hope that someday I may have a battle there,” he stated.
“I am hoping that one battle within the UK.”
Watch Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas, from 2am on Sunday morning, reside on Sky Sports activities.