Arum: Pacquiao could fight in Dubai

In a chat with Gareth A. Davies of the Telegraph, Arum confirmed that he had been approached by a delegation from Dubai over a Pacquiao fight in Dubai. 

"I just had a delegation in from Dubai trying to talk to me about a Manny Pacquiao fight sometime early next year in Dubai. That would be interesting," Arum told Gareth A. Davies of the Telegraph. 

"One of the names they suggested as an opponent is Amir Khan. That would be a possibility. We'll have to see. 

"I would think that Manny, if everything goes right after the surgery, would look to be back in early 2016, maybe in Dubai. I don't want to rush him," he added.

Pacquiao hurt his shoulder prior and injured it further during the May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather and is out of commission for about nine to 12 months.

Despite his loss to Mayweather the Filipino is still one of the top draw cards in the sport.

Welterweight Khan (30-3-0, 19 KOs) is one of the top contenders and has been trying to fight either Mayweather or Pacquiao for some time.

Arum says that is Pacquiao takes on Khan in Dubai he would have no problem selling the fight.

"Apparently there's great interest from Dubai in doing big-time boxing there. With the Emirates airline making regular flights from the U.K. to Dubai, it's a great place for British fight fans to watch a fight," Arum added.

"Nobody has ever seen numbers like we did on this last fight [Mayweather-Pacquiao]. The people from Dubai today were astounded. Every restaurant, every club, every cinema in Dubai was packed with people watching the event," he added.

Khan will be in action on Saturday against Chris Algieri in New York.

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