Fight with Amir Khan in Dubai still a possibility, says Manny Pacquiao

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Khan’s previous fight was also in July when he stopped an undersized Billy Dib in the fourth round to win the vacant WBC International welterweight belt in Saudi Arabia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m planning for next year; trying to make it for next year with a possible opponent. Especially Amir Khan wants to fight me. We will talk again. It would be a good fight,” Pacquiao said in a story on Gulf News.“We are negotiating for a fight in Dubai, and I am hoping that a fight can happen here in the future,” added Pacquiao, who is in Dubai for a Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The 32-year-old Khan has long been chasing Pacquiao for a fight for several years. The two camps had been in negotiations before but had never been able to strike a deal.Pacquiao, who is still going strong at 40, has been nothing short of impressive in his past three fights. He last fought former undefeated champion Keith Thurman, whom he beat for the WBA (Super) welterweight champion two months ago. LATEST STORIES Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout PLAY LIST 01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments PSL: Cignal makes quick work of Foton Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Manny Pacquiao prepares to fight Keith Thurman in a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines–Manny Pacquiao is not discounting the possibility of staging his next fight in Dubai with the newly-opened Coca-Cola Arena a potential venue.As for his possible opponent, Pacquiao is keeping his options open which includes a familiar face in Amir Khan, a former sparring partner of the Filipino ring legend.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

Virat Kohli impressed with Niroshan Dickwella despite time-wasting tactics in Kolkata

first_imgVirat Kohli was involved in a heated exchange of words involving Niroshan Dickwella, who admitted to time-wasting tactics in the dying moments of the Kolkata Test but the India skipper was impressed with the Sri Lankan batsman’s character.India, after being outplayed on the first two days, were pressing hard for victory when things took a bitter turn as Dickwella sought to waste time when India’s pacers wanted to get through as many overs as possible. As Shami ran in to bowl the 19th over of Sri Lanka’s innings, Dickwella had not yet taken his stance. That upset Shami, who made his displeasure felt. He had a word with Kohli as well as the batsmen.Dickwella, in an unsporting gesture, then indicated to Shami after his next delivery that the pitch and not his own skills, were helping him extract the extra bounce. The war of words was not getting difficult to contain. Both  umpires assembled in the middle and involved India skipper Kohli and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Chandimal. At the end, Dickwella apologised to Kohli, who walked back to his position on the field.Dickwella later conceded he did try to waste some time as Sri Lanka desperately battled for a draw to avoid their sixth successive Test defeat to India.”How it all started was, I hit a six over square leg. There were three fielders behind square on the leg side and I brought that to the notice of the umpire Nigel Llong. A no-ball was called and then Virat Kohli came towards me and told me that that’s the umpires’ job and you don’t worry. That’s how it all started,” Dickwella said. “I thought, hang on, this is a good opportunity to get into an argument and kill some time. Kohli quickly realized what my intentions were and started walking back. Then the Mohammed Shami thing happened. It was funny I thought, I would like to think that I won that battle.advertisementKohli, who was furious on the final day and rushed up to the umpires so they could intervene, however, was impressed with the spunk shown by Dickwella.”I like to see that character. I liked that competitiveness on the field. He is someone who takes lot of pride in his cricket. I am impressed with what I have seen so far of him from the last series as well. He has got great ability to do something very special for Sri Lankan cricket,” the India captain said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the second Test in Nagpur which starts from Friday.Kohli said he had spoken to Dickwella on the flight from Kolkata to Nagpur and added he was happy to move on from the incident.”Those things end on the field. When you are competitive as an opponent, we always respect that about any opponent. He is a very feisty character and that works for his game.”last_img read more