Amir Khan wants to fight Manny Pacquiao in Dubai.
Speaking ahead of the big boxing match taking place in Las Vegas on May 2, which will be May 3 in the UAE, the British boxer admitted his desire to go head-to-head with the Filipino sportsman – despite them being former sparring partners.
“I want this fight. I would love to box Manny. We’ve been looking at an event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is only a short drive away. It’s a dream of mine to fight in that part of the world,” he told the Daily Mail.
Amir will of course, be ringside for the spectacular happening in Nevada.
Staging the fight in the UAE or Britain would make it difficult to sell to pay-per-view audiences in the US and South America, which would necessitate the fight being staged at 3am. However, if the financial incentives were lucrative enough, then having the fight in the UK or UAE would be a strong consideration.
In Dubai, Novo Cinemas will be screening the most eagerly anticipated boxing event of the century live.
Across the UAE, six designated Novo Cinemas will be allowing supporters to watch their favourite fighter from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA.
The match is scheduled for May 3 from 5am to 9am UAE time including pre-matches.
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Screening the big fight on the country's largest screens will offer fans the unique and exclusive thrill of experiencing the blow-by-blow action in jaw-dropping detail in the company of hundreds of other eager fans.
Novo Cinemas locations taking part are located at Dubai's Cineplex (near Grand Hyatt), Ibn Battuta Mall, Al Ghurair Mall and Dubai Festival City; Abu Dhabi's World Trade Centre Mall; and Sharjah's Mega Mall.
Earlier this year a Manila newspaper reported that Manny Pacquiao could face Amir Khan in a UAE bout. It said the bout could happen if Pacquiao’s proposed mega-money bout against Floyd Mayweather falls through.
Pacquiao’s long-time adviser Michael Koncz told the Manila Standard that Amir Khan is the front runner for a fight that could take place in Abu Dhabi or in England. “Khan is the front-runner, provided he doesn’t price himself out,” said Koncz.