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Manny Pacquiao camp denies Amir Khan claims over Saudi Arabia bout

Manny Pacquiao has not signed a contract to take on Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia later this year despite claims that a deal has been agreed for the bout, the Filipino's publicist has said.

Khan, who beat Australia's Billy Dib in Jeddah on July 13 in four rounds to win the WBC international welterweight title, said on Tuesday that he had agreed a deal to fight Pacquiao in Riyadh on Nov 8.

The Briton told British media the clash with Pacquiao would happen even if the 40-year-old were to lose to American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Sunday morning (Singapore time).

"Signed off and done, to get Manny Pacquiao is amazing," Khan was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"To have him sign that dotted line is brilliant. No matter how he does against Thurman, it's a big fight."

But Pacquiao's publicist Fred Sternberg told the BBC: "Manny has not signed any contract. As far as I know, it has not even been discussed.

"He has been in training camp for the past eight weeks, four in the Philippines and four in the United States, and he hasn't met with Khan during that time."

Sternberg added that he did not know what prompted Khan to make the claims.

"That's a question you need to ask Amir Khan," he said.

Khan had been slated to fight eight-division world champion Pacquiao two years ago in the United Arab Emirates, but no agreement could be reached.

Pacquiao, one of the sport's most decorated fighters, has a record of 61 victories, seven defeats and two draws in a career spanning 24 years. Khan has 34 wins and five defeats. - REUTERS

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