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Who The Hell Is Manny Pacquiao's Next Opponent?

Say hello to Amir 'King' Khan
by Andrei Medina | Feb 27, 2017
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There's a lot of confusion regarding Senator Manny Pacquiao's next fight as a professional boxer but it seems like the dust has finally settled on who his next opponent will be.

Over the weekend, the eight-division world champion who was initially reported to be facing Australian Jeff Horn announced that he will instead fight British boxer Amir Khan on April 23.

Khan for his part confirmed the development over what he described as a "super fight" with Pacquiao.

If you check their stats, Pacquiao (59-6-2) nearly has double the boxing experience when compared to the relatively younger Khan (31-4).

But beyond his stats, just who is Amir Khan, who was given the ring nickname of 'King?'

As an amateur, Khan was a decorated boxer, being Britain's youngest boxing Olympic medal winner at the young age of 17. He won the silver medal in the lightweight division of the 2004 Olympics.

The 30-year-old is also a former unified light-welterweight world champion.

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When it comes to similarities, Khan and Pacquiao have both challenged undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to a bout. Pacquiao got a crack at Mayweather in 2015 in what was billed as boxing’s most lucrative match ever and we all know how that turned out.

But this isn’t the only common denominator between King Khan and Pacman. The pair have both faced and defeated Marco Antonio Barrera and Chris Algieri.

2009: Khan stops Barrera via fifth round TKO

2015: Khan beats Algieri by unanimous decision

Currently, The Ring Magazine ranks Khan as part of the top three welterweights in the world. However, he hasn’t fought since his loss to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016.

Here's some of the King's career highlights:


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