Amir Khan has confirmed that talks are going "smoothly" for a megafight with former gym-mate Manny Pacquiao next spring.
I can confirm my team has been negotiating with Bob Arum; so far everything is going smooth,
the two-time world champion told Omar Al Raisi of The National.
The contracts are being negotiated and, if everything is agreed, Manny Pacquiao will be my next opponent.
A clash with Khan would be Filipino icon Pacquiao's first fight since, let's face it, being outclassed by Floyd Mayweather last May - a defeat the 36-year-old rather uncharacteristically blamed on a torn right rotator cuff. But Bolton's Khan claims Pacquiao has been given the green light to begin training once more.
I have been told that Manny...has been given the ‘all clear’ to start training again by his doctor, which is great news.
Depending on when he and his team feels he could be ready, the fight could be in February or April 2016.
Though Khan himself remains a divisive figure in the sport - largely due to his perceived 'whinging,' there can be no questioning his talent. Still just 28, the welterweight is on a five-fight win streak, having dominated world-level opponents Chris Algieri and Devon Alexander in his last two fights.
A clash with former sparring partner Pacquiao would provide the added intrigue of Khan being matched up against Freddie Roach, who guided him to his world title success before their unceremonious split in 2012.
Hall of Fame trainer Roach - who is on record as to his dissatisfaction with Khan's approach to leaving the Wild Card gym for Virgil Hunter - recently claimed the Brit "doesn't have the balls" to fight Pacquiao.