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Amir Khan keen to fight both Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook in next 12 months after unanimous decision win over Samuel Vargas

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/09/2018 Rich Mccarthy, Press Association Sport
Amir Khan poses for a portrait during a media day at the Amir Khan Boxing Academy on September 10, 2018 in Bolton, England © getty Amir Khan poses for a portrait during a media day at the Amir Khan Boxing Academy on September 10, 2018 in Bolton, England

Amir Khan insists there is no reason why he cannot fight both Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook within the next 12 months.

Khan recovered from a second-round knockdown to beat Colombian Samuel Vargas on points at the weekend, and speaking after the fight Eddie Hearn, who promotes both Brook and Khan, suggested a grudge match between the British pair must happen 'now or never'.

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Khan told PA Sport: 'I'm 31, I'm still young and there's still room for both fights. Why isn't there? I think within a year both fights could be done.

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'Pacquiao is definitely my priority because he's globally a bigger name, a superstar in the sport of boxing. To fight someone like him would be amazing.

'It's a tricky fight and people will think I could get beat by him, but I know I can do a number on him.

'The Kell Brook fight is a fight I know I could win comfortably, really. It's what name I want on my record. I'd love a Manny Pacquiao name over Kell Brook by miles. That name, in my opinion, is way bigger.'

Amir Khan celebrates victory over Samuel Vargas after their Welterweight contest © getty Amir Khan celebrates victory over Samuel Vargas after their Welterweight contest While a stadium fight with Brook appears to be the preference of the British boxing public, Khan believes it could be possible to tempt Pacquiao over to these shores with a good offer.

He spent six years working alongside the Filipino under the tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach and believes that insider knowledge would be the key to victory should the two meet in the near future. 

'In my opinion fighting someone like Manny Pacquiao would be amazing because we were training partners,' Khan added. 'I know a lot about him, I've sparred with him and I do really well against southpaws. I've a 100% record against them so that might be the right fight for me.

Manny Pacquiao standing in a room: But Khan's first choice is to tempt Manny Pacquiao over to England for a massive bout © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited But Khan's first choice is to tempt Manny Pacquiao over to England for a massive bout

'We've always kept (the relationship) very professional. We've known we've wanted to fight each other for a long time, there's always been talk about it but we've never talked about each other.

'We've respected each other's careers, we've respected each other as fighters. It's not like with Kell Brook and how the talks about that fight have been happening.

'Even in the UK I think a Manny Pacquiao fight would be huge as well. To bring Manny to England and have a fight over here would be massive.'  

Gallery: Who could Amir Khan fight next? (ReadSport)

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