The date for proposed fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, mooted for the UAE, is scheduled take place in May, according to the promoter.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said it’s still not confirmed whether the fight will take place in the UAE or in Las Vegas
Arum told ESPN that he met with Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz this week to discuss a possible deal with an “unnamed investment group” who are keen to bring the fight to the UAE, and a venue in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi. He said Khan’s Muslim background makes him a preferred opponent for the investment group.
Yahoo Sports reported that May 20 is the new proposed date for the fight, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Arum told ESPN that the UAE-based investment group has offered $38 million for the fight to take place the emirates.
"After I met with Koncz I realized everything was up in the air as far as the money [in the UAE]. They punted to me and said, 'Go find the money.' So far it hasn't surfaced," Arum told ESPN.
"Did I discuss a date in May with Michael? Yes. But I've got to talk to the people in the Middle East to see if this is real, to see if they can even go on that date in May, to see what venue would be available. Nobody has checked with them. I suggested the date to Koncz, but to say it's done, again, it's ridiculous."
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Koncz told Yahoo Sports that the later date will give the promoters time to sell it to a pay-per-view audience in the US.
“We’ll be able to properly promote it and while it will be a Friday in the US, it will be a Saturday there [in the UAE],” he said.
“We were going to do it originally on a Sunday there, but that’s the start of their work week and we didn’t feel at the end of the day that would make as much sense. Their weekends are Friday-Saturday and putting the fight on Sunday when everyone was going back to work seemed like it might be a problem.”