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Pacquiao-Khan fight finally gets Arum approval, but showdown moved to May

This fight will happen after all. Action Images (file photo)

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The boxing netizens' plea will finally happen.

Manny Pacquiao's adviser Mike Koncz told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! on Wednesday that the upcoming fight of the 11-time world boxing champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions against former sparring partner Amir Khan is on.

The development came after Koncz met with Top Rank president Bob Arum to tell him that both Pacquiao and Khan have agreed in terms of their fight as told publicly on Sunday via Twitter.

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Koncz also said he is fine with his statements not aligning with what Arum says in the past as they both want what is best for the current WBO welterweight champ.

“We just want to do the best and the biggest fight we can, and this makes a lot of sense for so many reasons,” he further said.

However, the said match, according to Koncz, is now set for May 20 in UAE.

“We decided to move it to May 19 [in the United States] and May 20 in the United [Arab] Emirates so we’d have time to promote it properly and make it a huge success,” he said.

Koncz also believes both pugilists will be fine having their match moved a month later.

“I have to talk to both fighters to get them to approve going in May instead of in April. I don’t think that will be any problem,” he continued.

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