Khan to fight Pacquiao in April

26 February 2017 10:34:12 EST

Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao have confirmed that they will fight later this year, the bout set for 23rd April.

Both fighters confirmed the news on Twitter, Khan tweeting: "My team and I have agreed terms with Manny Pacquiao and his team for a super fight."

Assuming the fight goes ahead it will be Khan's first time back in the ring after his defeat to Mexican Canelo Alvarez last May as he fought for the WBC and lineal middleweight titles.

That was the fourth loss of his career as he unsuccessfully tried to step up a weight.

Back in welterweight, he will take on the current WBO and lineal champion of the world in Pacquiao who fought twice last year.

Having lost the WBO welterweight title to Floyd Mayweather Jr when the pair fought in May 2015, the Filipino boxer got back to winning ways, winning back the title against Timothy Bradley in April.

He then announced his retirement but reversed that decision and then retained his title last November against Jessie Vargas, winning on a unanimous decision after it went the distance.

No venue has yet been decided for the fight but Pacquiao has said previously that his next title defence would take place in the United Arab Emirates.

Pacquiao is 4/9 to win the April bout with Khan priced at 7/4.

The 23rd April meet-up came after Pacquiao ran a poll on Twitter asking his followers who they wanted him to fight next, with Khan finishing top, ahead of fellow Briton Kell Brook, Australian Jeff Horn and American Terence Crawford.

Meanwhile, on Saturday Deontay Wilder retained the WBC heavyweight title after stopping Gerald Washington in the fifth round of their fight in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Khan/Pacquiao fight is 10/11 to go the distance.

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