Whilst negotiations for other fights may have been drawn out and complicated, Amir Khan (31-3, 19KOs), has said that it was relatively simple to finalise a deal to fight Saul Alvarez (46-1-1, 32KOs).
Khan will move up from 147lbs to fight Alvarez at a catchweight of 155lbs for the WBC middleweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Nevada on May 7th.
Such a statement flys in the face of those made by both Eddie Hearn, of Matchroom and Manny Pacquiao who have both criticised Khan’s team for being difficult to negotiate with.
“[The Canelo fight] got made smoothly, because I’ve known Oscar for a long, long time and he’s always been good to me. I always have to get Al Haymon [my advisor] involved in this, so Al Haymon was involved in the negotiations. Everything went so smooth,” said Khan to Steve Bunce of BoxNation.
“My team never makes things hard. We always want things to go smooth, nice and easy, so it happened nice and smooth and it was made within days. Oscar [De La Hoya] mentioned [the Canelo fight] to me a long time ago and said it would be a ‘big, big fight’ because we are both ‘big, big names.'”
Such a revelation certainly makes you wonder why both Pacquiao and Hearn were unable to secure deals after such drawn out negotiations.