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Khan aims to meet Pacquiao in UAE with world title on line

A venue in the United Arab Emirates for Amir Khan's April 23 fight with Manny Pacquiao is expected to be confirmed by the end of the week.

The one-time stablemates revealed they have agreed terms for a match-up, with only the location to be determined.

Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title will be on the line, ensuring Khan's return to 147lbs, and the fight is expected to be staged in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Dubai's Sevens Stadium is one venue thought to be in contention.

Though there had been reports of a potential fight in either Khan's hometown of Bolton or Manchester, with the bout taking place on a Sunday timing would be an issue given US television demands for a Saturday night fight. An early morning contest in the UAE would be a potential solution.

Khan's last fight in May 2016 was at 155lbs, when he challenged Mexico's Saul Alvarez for the WBC middleweight title but lost in six rounds, and he has no concerns about returning to the weight limit that has proved his most natural fit.

He has also long spoken of fighting in the UAE and of his desire to test himself against either Filipinio Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather.

Similarly, after years of fighting mainly in Las Vegas and Macau, the Pacquiao has plans to appear in new locations as he concludes his decorated career.

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