There has been lots of chatter recently about Manny Pacquiao and who he will fight next. He posted a poll on twitter asking fans for their choice, and their overwhelming favorite was England’s Amir Khan.
Both Pacquiao and Khan broke the news on their respective twitter accounts that they were currently in negotiations for a bout.
Well, late last night, the two were back on social media, but this time it was to announce that they have in fact come to terms on a bout agreement.
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
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) February 26, 2017
Khan (31-4, 19KOs) hasn’t fought since last May when he was knocked out cold by Canelo Alvarez in the 6th round of their 155lbs catchweight bout.
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) notched a unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas this past November.
Manny was thought to have a deal in place to face Jeff Horn on April 22nd in Australia but that was either just close to being signed or undone in favor of a bout with Khan.
While April 23rd is confirmed in both tweets, no official word on a location has been set. Initially, there were rumors that Pacquiao was looking to have his next fight in the United Arab Emirates, but there have been a number of times the UAE was touted as a potential location only to be used as a bargaining chip to have the fight happen elsewhere.
No further information has been disclosed yet. We will have more details on the specifics of the contract and the bout itself as they become available.