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Bob Arum open to making Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan fight

Top Rank chief Bob Arum insists that an encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan will be easy to make, providing that Khan wants the fight.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum has indicated that a mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan is a strong possibility for 2016.

After missing out on facing Floyd Mayweather Jr on September 12, Khan is looking to tie down a significant bout for the end of the year, although Pacquiao has been ruled out of action until next spring while he recovers from shoulder surgery.

However, with Pacquiao also seeking a high-profile contest on his return, Arum has revealed that the eight-weight world champion would be keen on facing the 2004 Olympic silver medallist next year.

Arum told The Telegraph: "Amir Khan has been begging Mayweather for a fight and now he can get a major fight. I'm not a hard guy to deal with. I'm not going to mess them around.

"This kid keeps shooting his mouth off about Manny Pacquiao. I can arrange for Khan to fight Pacquiao. One thing's for sure, Pacquiao is not ducking Khan. Pacquiao will fight him. I don't know if Khan will fight Pacquiao, but it's available."

Khan has previously sparred with Pacquiao under the guidance of former coach Freddie Roach.

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Amir Khan hits Paul McCloskey during the WBA Light-Welterweight Championship fight between Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey at MEN Arena on April 16, 2011
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· Another debutant sport at this Olympics, most eyes will be on American Nyjah Huston in the men's street contest as he looks to add Olympic gold to his four world titles and 12 X-Games golds. (12.30am-5am)

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