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PACQUIAO NOT GUARANTEED TO BEAT KHAN - KONCZ


MARCH 1 -Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan
A victory is not certain for Manny Pacquiao when he takes on Amir Khan, even with the latter’s reputation as a fighter who gets hurt easily. Khan (31-4, with 19 KOs), notoriously known for having a glass jaw, has been knocked out three times in his career – the last against Saul “Canelo Alvarez” when he challenged the WBC middleweight champion in May last year. Before Khan succumbed to the much bigger and more powerful Alvarez in the sixth round of their fight, he had his moments. And Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, has given Khan – a welterweight – credit for trying to buck the odds against Alvarez. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum to Pacquiao vs Khan backers - Show me the money


MARCH 2 -Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum
Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said he is prioritizing the planned fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. But for him to do so, the fight’s purported backers in the United Arab Emirates must already produce the money. “I don't want to talk about any other fights,” Arum said in a report by ABS-CBN. “That's what we are concentrating on – the fight with Amir Khan at the UAE.” An investment group in the UAE is reportedly dangling a $38 million fund to hold the fight in the Middle Eastern country. Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz spearheaded the negotiations with the group, later on aligning with Arum at Top Rank’s office in Las Vegas. They have agreed to stage the fight on May 20, which is almost a month farther than the originally proposed April 23 date, to allow a longer time for promotion. READ MORE...

ALSO: It’s now May 20 for Pacquiao-Khan bout, says Manny’s adviser


MARCH 2 -Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao with his financial advisor Michael Koncz. Photo by Mohd
Manny Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight against Amir Khan has been moved from April 23 to May 20 in the United Arab Emirates (May 19 in the United States) either in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. The decision was arrived at following a meeting between Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz and promoter Bob Arum in Las Vegas Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). “We decided to move it to May 19 here and May 20 in the United [Arab] Emirates so we’d have time to promote it properly and make it a huge success,” Koncz told Yahoo Sports. “I have to talk to both fighters [on Wednesday] to get them to approve going in May instead of in April. I don’t think that will be any problem.” Khan was chosen after he emerged runaway winner in a Twitter poll conducted by Pacquiao asking fans who they wanted to be his next opponent. Jeff Horn, Arum’s original choice for Pacquiao’s next fight in Australia, came out last and was eventually stricken out. —ROY LUARCA FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Hatton thinks Pacquiao ‘too much’ for Khan


MARCH 3 -Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. File photos
British boxing legend Ricky Hatton thinks his compatriot Amir Khan is biting off more than he can chew against Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao and Khan are set for a showdown which is now eyed on May 20 in United Arab Emirates, as per the Filipino ring superstar’s adviser Michael Koncz in a story on BoxingScene.com. “Manny has seen better days but I think he might still have a bit too much for him [Khan],” Hatton told Business Insider. “I hope I am wrong but Amir is coming off a heavy knockout defeat and that’s his third heavy knock out.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Amir Khan takes a break from his preparations for Manny Pacquiao super-fight by visiting New York


MARCH 3 -Amir Khan takes a break in New York - he is usually based in California with trainer Virgil Hunter

Amir Khan is set to take on former stable-mate Manny Pacquiao in May
The Bolton fighter usually trains with Virgil Hunter in the Bay Area of California
Khan has not fought since his knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez last May
Boxing news: Floyd Mayweather says it's up to Conor McGregor to make fight
Amir Khan is on the verge of the super-fight he has always craved. The 30-year-old is set to take on WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacqiauo in May. READ MORE...


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Pacquiao not guaranteed to beat Khan


Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan

MANILA, MARCH 6, 2017 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay March 1, 2017 - A victory is not certain for Manny Pacquiao when he takes on Amir Khan, even with the latter’s reputation as a fighter who gets hurt easily.

Khan (31-4, with 19 KOs), notoriously known for having a glass jaw, has been knocked out three times in his career – the last against Saul “Canelo Alvarez” when he challenged the WBC middleweight champion in May last year.

Before Khan succumbed to the much bigger and more powerful Alvarez in the sixth round of their fight, he had his moments.

And Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, has given Khan – a welterweight – credit for trying to buck the odds against Alvarez.

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“I saw some people on the internet criticizing Amir for getting knocked out like that, but I don’t criticize him. I applaud him for stepping up and taking the fight against a good fighter like Canelo,” Koncz told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.

Koncz noted how Khan did something that even Pacquiao – who’s no stranger to fighting heavier guys – would pass on.

“He went up two weight classes to take that fight, which I’ll be honest with you and tell you we wouldn’t do. We learned our lesson fighting those big guys when we fought [Antonio] Margarito [in 2010],” he added.

“That shouldn’t be held against him [Khan]. He took a risk and it didn’t pan out, but he was doing great in the early part of the fight,” Koncz continued.

Pacquiao and Khan will reportedly clash on May 20 for the former’s WBO welterweight title, either in Abu Dhabi or Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

This early, oddsmakers have installed Pacquiao as a minus-225 favorite, meaning that a wager of $225 for the Filipino icon will only win $100.

Khan, for his part, is at plus+175, meaning a bet of $100 him wins $175.

But Koncz said the bout is a toss-up.

“He [Khan] matches up well with Manny and like I said, it’s a 50-50 fight. I certainly think Manny will win, but he’s not guaranteed to win this by any means,” said Pacquiao’s longtime adviser.


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Arum to Pacquiao vs Khan backers: Show me the money (philstar.com) | Updated March 2, 2017 - 1:09pm 12 239 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said he is prioritizing the planned fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.

But for him to do so, the fight’s purported backers in the United Arab Emirates must already produce the money.

“I don't want to talk about any other fights,” Arum said in a report by ABS-CBN. “That's what we are concentrating on – the fight with Amir Khan at the UAE.”

An investment group in the UAE is reportedly dangling a $38 million fund to hold the fight in the Middle Eastern country.

Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz spearheaded the negotiations with the group, later on aligning with Arum at Top Rank’s office in Las Vegas.

They have agreed to stage the fight on May 20, which is almost a month farther than the originally proposed April 23 date, to allow a longer time for promotion.

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Now more importantly, Arum wants to see the money for the ball to start rolling.

“In order for the fight to happen in the UAE, funds have to be produced to enable the fight to happen and I am hoping that those funds would materialize,” the veteran promoter added.

The issue of funding has been central in the fight’s planning, and it will either make or break the deal.

“However, if they (money) don't materialize, we have to do something else,” Arum continued.

The Top Rank boss previously held talks with representatives of prospect Jeff Horn to stage a Pacquiao-Horn tussle in Brisbane, Australia. But those fell through the moment Pacquiao announced he’s fighting Khan in the UAE.

Unlike the parties in the UAE, Horn’s people assured that a purse of $5 million to $6 million is sure to be on the table for Pacquiao.

Arum, for his part, is hoping the UAE group delivers soon.

"But Michael is optimistic that the funds will materialize, and once they do, then Top Rank will roll up its sleeves and help put on a tremendous worldwide event. If they don't materialize, then we'll have to search for a viable alternative," he said.

"It is not accurate to say that the fight is on. It is also not accurate to say that the fight won't happen. We don't know. We have to wait and see if the funds materialize," Arum also said. – Dino Maragay


INQUIRER

It’s now May 20 for Pacquiao-Khan bout, says Manny’s adviser Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:47 AM| March 2nd, 2017


MARCH 4 -Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao with his financial advisor Michael Koncz. Photo by Mohd

Manny Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight against Amir Khan has been moved from April 23 to May 20 in the United Arab Emirates (May 19 in the United States) either in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

The decision was arrived at following a meeting between Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz and promoter Bob Arum in Las Vegas Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

“We decided to move it to May 19 here and May 20 in the United [Arab] Emirates so we’d have time to promote it properly and make it a huge success,” Koncz told Yahoo Sports. “I have to talk to both fighters [on Wednesday] to get them to approve going in May instead of in April. I don’t think that will be any problem.”

Khan was chosen after he emerged runaway winner in a Twitter poll conducted by Pacquiao asking fans who they wanted to be his next opponent.

Jeff Horn, Arum’s original choice for Pacquiao’s next fight in Australia, came out last and was eventually stricken out. —ROY LUARCA


INQUIRER

Hatton thinks Pacquiao ‘too much’ for Khan By: Mark Giongco - Reporter / @MGiongcoINQINQUIRER.net / 02:10 AM March 03, 2017


Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. File photos

British boxing legend Ricky Hatton thinks his compatriot Amir Khan is biting off more than he can chew against Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao and Khan are set for a showdown which is now eyed on May 20 in United Arab Emirates, as per the Filipino ring superstar’s adviser Michael Koncz in a story on BoxingScene.com.

“Manny has seen better days but I think he might still have a bit too much for him [Khan],” Hatton told Business Insider. “I hope I am wrong but Amir is coming off a heavy knockout defeat and that’s his third heavy knock out.”

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“There are only so many times you can come back from [the] brutal knockouts Amir has had.”

Hatton, who suffered a devastating second-round knockout to a prime Pacquiao in 2009, fears Khan isn’t going to be the same fighter he once was after coming off another brutal knockout loss–the third in his career–in May last year at the hands of Canelo Alvarez.

The 38-year-old Hatton hasn’t fought since losing to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012. He has spent the last several years as trainer and promoter.

Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight crown against Khan. It will be his first title defense since winning the belt after a one-sided victory over Jessie Vargas last year.

The 30-year-old Khan, a former junior welterweight champion, will be going down in weight for his bout against Pacquiao after fighting Alvarez in the middleweight class.


DAILY MAIL UK

Amir Khan takes a break from his preparations for Manny Pacquiao super-fight by visiting New York By Daniel Matthews For Mailonline PUBLISHED: 09:49 GMT, 3 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:50 GMT, 3 March 2017


Amir Khan takes a break in New York - he is usually based in California with trainer Virgil Hunter

Amir Khan is set to take on former stable-mate Manny Pacquiao in May
The Bolton fighter usually trains with Virgil Hunter in the Bay Area of California
Khan has not fought since his knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez last May
Boxing news: Floyd Mayweather says it's up to Conor McGregor to make fight

Amir Khan is on the verge of the super-fight he has always craved.

The 30-year-old is set to take on WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacqiauo in May.

READ MORE...

The pair once trained together while both under the tutelage of Freddie Roach in Los Angeles. But Khan has long stated his desire to take on either the Filipino superstar or Floyd Mayweather.

The Bolton-born fighter looks to have finally got his wish - with both he and Pacquiao claiming a bout had been agreed for April 23. The fight has now been pushed back - with May 20 now the most likely date.

AMIR KHAN
AGE: 30

STANCE: Orthodox

HEIGHT: 174cm / 5′ 8½″

REACH: 180cm / 71″

WON: 31 (19 KOs)

LOST: 4 (3 KOs)

DRAWN: 0

KO's: 54%

MANNY PACQUIAO
AGE: 38

STANCE: Southpaw

HEIGHT: 5′ 5½″ / 166cm

REACH: 67” / 170cm

WON: 59 (38 KOs)

LOST: 6 (3 KOs)

DRAWN: 2

KO's: 57%

But Khan, who works with trainer Virgil Hunter out of California - has taken a break from his preparations for a fight with Pacquiao to visit the Big Apple.

Khan has not fought since his knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez last May in Las Vegas.

He and long-term domestic rival Kell Brook were in discussions over a potential welterweight clash in the UK this spring.


Khan and Pacquiao pictured together back in January 2015 - they will now meet in the ring

But talks broke down over disputes over purse-splits and Khan's reported desire for a warm-up fight. Brook is not set for a tough defence of his IBF welterweight belt against the dangerous Errol Spence Jr.

Khan, meanwhile, is looking to become a three-time world champion when he takes on Pacquiao. Though many details of the bout have yet to be confirmed, the UAE is the most likely venue.

Pacquiao captured the WBO belt when he won a unanimous decision victory over Jessie Vargas last November.


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