Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines has yet to announce his opponent next year but it is confirmed that Amir Khan of the United Kingdom will not be his rival across the ring with reports that the British boxer is already in talks of a bout against compatriot Kell Brook.

Eddie Hearn, the Matchroom Sports promoter, who handles Khan, stated in an interview that the British boxer is now at the point of looking past Pacquiao and looking at Brook as possible opponent in the summer of 2016.

“[Amir] Khan is not getting the [Manny] Pacquiao fight. We are talking of a summer fight between Kell [Brook] and Amir and I’m very hopeful of getting the fight signed,” Hearn told Gareth A. Davies of The Daily Telegraph about the status of Khan, who holds a record of 31 wins against 3 losses and 19 victories via knockout.

According to the same report, Brook and Khan will most likely have different fights first in the early part of 2016 before taking on each other likely at the Wembley Stadium in London, England.

Multiple reports have stated that Pacquiao is likely to choose Timothy Bradley as his opponent next year, tentatively scheduled on April 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.

If Pacquiao meets Bradley next year, the bout would complete a trilogy between the two welterweight rivals after meeting in 2012 and 2014. Bradley won the first fight and Pacquiao won the second fight, both going to the distance.

Aside from Khan, likely to be snubbed by Pacquiao is American Terence Crawford, who was rumoured to be one of the candidates for a probable fight with the Filipino boxer.

If Pacquiao leaves out Khan, this would be the second time the British boxer to miss out on a big time fight after he was snubbed multiple times by Floyd Mayweather, who recently retired from the sport.

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