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Khan eyes Filipino great Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao (left), Amir Khan (centre) and David Diaz
Pacquiao (left), Khan (centre) and Diaz

Amir Khan wants to fight the winner of next week's world title clash between Manny Pacquiao and David Diaz if he disposes of Michael Gomez on Saturday.

Khan, 21, defends his Commonwealth lightweight title in Birmingham on Saturday against Gomez, a former British super-featherweight champion.

Filipino superstar Pacquiao, one of the world's best pound-for-pound fighters, is challenging for Diaz's WBC belt.

"Diaz and Pacquiao are great fighters, but I could beat them both," said Khan.

"I'm fighting in front of a 10,000 sell-out on Saturday night so I think I'm one of the main men in the division.

I've got a high rating with the WBO [2] and WBC [4] and I feel I'm ready for a world title shot

Amir Khan

"And by the end of the year I'm not just going to be one of the main men, I'm going to be number one, everybody's going to be after me.

"I've got a high rating with the WBO [2] and WBC [4] and I feel I'm ready for a world title shot."

Pacquiao, who has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Ricky Hatton, is a legend in his home country and has wins over Mexican greats Marco Antonio Barrera [twice], Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez on his record.

Nate Campbell, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, is also a target for Khan and promoter Frank Warren has already held talks with the American.

"I'd love to fight Campbell," said Khan, who is undefeated in 17 fights as a professional.

"But I can't get too far ahead of myself and I have to do a job on Gomez first on Saturday night."

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BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan

Saturday's fight promises to be an explosive affair, and Khan's temporary trainer Dean Powell has warned his man not to get involved in a brawl with Gomez, who has predicted a "tear-up".

Powell said: "Gomez is going to bring a special kind of intensity to the fight. We all know how Michael Gomez likes to fight and we are fully prepared for what he's going to bring.

"Amir certainly doesn't need to get involved in World War Three with Gomez. But Gomez is going to have a big shock if he thinks he can shove Amir around the way he shoved Alex Arthur around."

The fight will be Khan's first working with Powell following the former Olympic silver medallist's split with Oliver Harrison last month.

It is also his last on terrestrial channel ITV and his current contract with Warren also comes to an end after Saturday night.



see also
Gomez ready for Khan battle
18 Jun 08 |  Boxing
Khan appoints temporary trainer
01 May 08 |  Boxing
Khan stops Kristjansen in seven
05 Apr 08 |  Boxing
Gomez stuns Arthur
25 Oct 03 |  Boxing


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