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Khan and Pacquiao set to fight in April

Amir Khan (right) tried to get a fight against Floyd Mayweather on multiple occassions but never got one. But he'll get the next best thing when he fights Manny Pacquiao in April.

Amir Khan (right) tried to get a fight against Floyd Mayweather on multiple occassions but never got one. But he’ll get the next best thing when he fights Manny Pacquiao in April.

Amir Khan was unable to convince Floyd Mayweather to step in the ring opposite him for what would have been the biggest fight of the young Brit’s career, but he got the next best things. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has denied a fight deal has been struck but multiple reports claim Khan has signed to fight Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on April 9. Khan re-tweeted an update from Mirror Sport announcing the fight as well.

The 28-year-old Khan is in the conversation for best pound-for-pound fighter in the world after Mayweather’s retirement. He is coming off five-straight victories since losing back-to-back fights to Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson in late 2011 to mid-2012. But while he has those losses he also has impressive victories over Paul Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, Carlos Molina, Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri on his record.

But Pacquiao is the huge name Khan truly needs to become a household name in the sport.

Even despite Pacquaio’s one-sided defeat to Mayweather, whether his shoulder injury has anything to do with it or not, he is still one of the best fighters in the world and is a very active puncher. After a slump in 2012 that saw a controversial split-decision loss to Tim Bradley and a devastating knockout by Juan Manuel Marquez that left him out-cold in the middle of the ring, Pacquiao bounced back well with wins over Brandon Rios, Bradley and Algieri before engaging in a Super Fight against Mayweather.

What makes this fight even more interesting aside from it being between two of the premier names of the sport today, is that Pacquiao and Khan have history. The two were training partners at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym before Khan left to work with Virgil Hunter.

Since his fight against Mayweather, Pacquiao has been in rehab to heal his shoulder but April has always been his expected return date. Some believed it would be a rematch against Mayweather, but Mayweather continues to insist he has retired.

A Mayweather-Khan fight, however is an incredible consolation and a great consolation for Khan too. Khan tried very hard to fight Mayweather. In 2013 he signed an agreement to fight him but Mayweather did not sign anything and choose to fight Maidana, who Khan already beat. Khan really fought hard to take on Mayweather in September, but Mayweather choose to fight the lesser-known and lesser-touted Khan.

Mayweather fought every top fighter around throughout his career, except Khan; the only man who can claim he was ducked.

But if Khan beats Pacquiao, even a 37-year-old Pacquiao when the fight comes around, he will have every right to claim he is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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