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Amir Khan could choose Cardiff's Principality Stadium for a fight with Manny Pacquiao or Kell Brook

Amir Khan could choose Cardiff's Principality Stadium for a fight with Manny Pacquiao or Kell Brook

Amir Khan was able to follow Anthony Joshua's lead and choose the Principality Stadium in Cardiff for his comeback fight against Manny Pacquiao or Kell Brook.

Promoter Eddie Hearn signed on December 15 to 22 for the next phase of Khan's return to the big time and believes that both opponents can fill the arena where world heavyweight Joshua has attracted 80,000 people twice.

Hearn also works based on the fact that both the Philippine icon Pacquiao and British former world champion Brook would be willing to hold the pre-Christmas date under the roof of the Welsh stadium after Khan's broad welterweight victory against Samuel Vargas on Saturday.

It was the second phase of 31-year-old Khan's attempt to reclaim the boxing world after his 39-second devastation of Phil Lo Greco last April.

Khan insists that a meeting with 39-year-old eight-weighted world champion Pacquiao is his preference, but would like to meet Sheffield's Brook in a highly anticipated British clash as a lucrative second option.

Both Khan and Brook, 32, have been signed at Hearn's Matchroom organization. But the promoter knows that a date between former WBA and IBF world welterweight ruler Khan and Pacquiao would sell well in the US and would also provide a great night for his budding collaboration with the DAZN broadcast network in America.

He has even suggested the possibility of a three-piece battleship involving the three boxers.

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Hearn said: "Financially both Pacquiao and Brook are huge fights for Amir.

"If it was in the UK, Brook earns more money for Khan for various reasons.

"But with Pacquiao there is the possibility to attract international money.

"Brook is better for Britain, but Pacquiao is an icon and Amir is a world star, so there's a lot to watch.

"The most important thing to watch is – is Amir box now in December or February?

"Pacquiao wants to make boxes in December, Brook would be ready, so I think if this opportunity arises, Amir jumps into a December fight, it is now a numbers game, they are all three in the late phase of their career. fighting for the biggest money.

"That could mean you're boxing in the Principality stadium – especially for a full British fight, or Las Vegas for a possible fight with Manny, and we're looking at 15 or 22 December.

"There is a strong possibility that we can work well with Pacquiao, so there could even be a triangle between all three, with two super battles.

"If you lose the first one you enter the sunset and the winner will fight against the remaining guy." The thing about Amir is that all options are now open to him. "

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Pacquiao's most recent fight – an impressive knockout from Lucas Matthse after his defeat against Australian Jeff Horn in 2017 – took place in Kuala Lumpur.

He has not fought in the US since November 2016 due to tax issues, but they can be avoided in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, Brook, who reigned as world light-middleweight champion, says he is willing to descend to the 147 pound welterweight limit to fight Khan.

Khan van Bolton insisted that the fact that he had taken 12 laps by the rough Vargas was an excellent preparation for a meeting with Pacquiao or Brook.

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Khan had thrown his opponent twice, but was himself decorated in the second round. Although his familiar speed, roughness and stamina were clear and the show attracted big viewing figures for Sky TV, it was clear that the agility given to him by his strong legs had diminished a bit with age and his two-year layoff after his stunning knock -out in middleweight by Saul Avarez in May 2016.

He is still a major attraction, but it is clear why he is in a hurry with a big date against Pacquiao or Brook.

The reigning world champions in the division – Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Junior, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter – would all stumble Khan's efforts to win a world title for the first time since 2011.

Khan said, "Both Brook or Pacquiao battles would be huge, but Manny is the one I would most like to fight, he is a legend in the game and it would be great to beat him.

"I only get better now after two years of resignation and it was good to get 12 laps under my belt again.

"I've had 37 fights, but I still have a penchant for boxing and training, I'm not saying it's one or two fights, and then I'm done.

"But we are businessman, we will take what is the best financial move."

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