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Manny Pacquiao insists that he would be open to the prospect of fighting Amir Khan, even in England, as he reveals he “feels pity” for Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight title against the unbeaten Chris Algieri in Macau on Saturday, but the buzz remains with talk of setting up a clash with Mayweather.
It is estimated that a bout between the pair would be the biggest grossing fight of all time, with figures of $250m being touted as two of the best fighters of their generation lock horns.
However, Pacquiao believes that Mayweather doesn’t want the fight as he has previously insisted that his line is open for him to discuss a deal any time he wants.
“I’ll never be frustrated if the Floyd fight doesn’t happen,” the eight-weight world champion said, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
“Though I’m ready to fight him anytime, anywhere – it’s him who refuses. I’ve made it clear that I want to fight him – it’s up to him now.
“It’s obvious he is avoiding a fight with me. He always makes excuses. Just make the fight and stop talking. I’ve made it clear that my phone line is always open for him to call me.”
“I pity him because all he thinks and does reflects the worldly aspects of life. He seems to have forgotten his spiritual nourishment.
“Pacquiao went on to add that he doesn’t know how long he will continue to fight, but he suggests that he would like to call time and hang up his gloves in the next few years.
“However, he did reveal that he would be open to fighting a former gym partner and sparring partner in the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, run by trainer Freddie Roach.
“A fight with Amir would be an exciting fight. I can fight him anywhere, even in England.”
“I don’t know how much longer I will fight. I’d like to retire in the next few years, so for now I am willing to face anybody.”