AMIR KHAN says he is “better” than Manny Pacquiao and will instead finally look to set up a fight against hated rival Kell Brook.
Khan was out-classed against in his last fight against Terence Crawford for the WBO welterweight world title.
Reuters Amir Khan could FINALLY be set to fight bitter rival Kell Brook
Their scrap came to a bizarre end in the sixth round when Khan was hit with a low blow and said he couldn’t continue.
But Crawford was dominating the contest, and many believe Khan wasn’t up for the challenge.
Speaking of retirement after the defeat, Khan told The National: “It never really crossed my mind, in the fight I was still there.
“He was technically a very good fighter and I did find it quite hard to get to him. But I still think, maybe not against a Crawford.”
He then added that he believes he is still better than a lot of the so-called big names at welterweight and admitted a fight against Brook is the one that “excites” him.
TV networks like to see me fight and getting the top guys in the ring is quite easyAmir Khan
He added: “I still feel I’m better than the guys like Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao. Those fights could be big still.
“We’ve got names like Kell Brook there; still the top, top fighters there. I’m in a very lucky position that I have the opportunity to put bums on seats.
“TV networks like to see me fight and getting the top guys in the ring is quite easy. I’m still in a good position of getting the big names in, because we bring a lot of money to the table.
“Kell Brook still excites me. It’s a fight that’s always there. People say it’s a 50/50 fight, but I believe I would take out Kell Brook in six or seven rounds. That’s the fight that would be an easy sell.
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“We’re with the same promoter in Eddie Hearn. I would like to take that fight. He’s a great fighter, Kell, he’s done a lot in the game. And that would be a massive fight in the UK.
“I’ve done everything now I wanted to do away from the UK, in America. I want to have my next fight in the UK. And if it’s Kell, it’s Kell.”
Getty Images – Getty Manny Pacquiao beat Adrien Broner last time out – but Amir Khan thinks he is better than him
REUTERS Kell Brook has been wanting to fight Amir Khan for years – he might finally get his wish