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[Boxing] Khan eyes Filipino great Pacquiao


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Amir Khan wants to fight the winner of next week's world title clash between Manny Pacquiao and David Diaz if he disposes of Michael Gomez on Saturday.

Khan, 21, defends his Commonwealth lightweight title in Birmingham on Saturday against Gomez, a former British super-featherweight champion.

Filipino superstar Pacquiao, one of the world's best pound-for-pound fighters, is challenging for Diaz's WBC belt.

"Diaz and Pacquiao are great fighters, but I could beat them both," said Khan.

"I'm fighting in front of a 10,000 sell-out on Saturday night so I think I'm one of the main men in the division.

"And by the end of the year I'm not just going to be one of the main men, I'm going to be number one, everybody's going to be after me.

"I've got a high rating with the WBO [2] and WBC [4] and I feel I'm ready for a world title shot."

Pacquiao, who has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Ricky Hatton, is a legend in his home country and has wins over Mexican greats Marco Antonio Barrera [twice], Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez on his record.

Nate Campbell, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, is also a target for Khan and promoter Frank Warren has already held talks with the American.

"I'd love to fight Campbell," said Khan, who is undefeated in 17 fights as a professional.

"But I can't get too far ahead of myself and I have to do a job on Gomez first on Saturday night."

Khan branded Gomez an "idiot" after the Manchester boxer skipped a pre-fight news conference on Wednesday and claimed Gomez was feeling the pressure.

"He's scared, I was looking forward to seeing him and he's not turned up but his games don't bother me," said Khan.

"You know what an idiot Michael Gomez can be, I'll let my fists do the talking on Saturday night."

The fight promises to be an explosive affair, and Khan's temporary trainer Dean Powell has warned his man not to get involved in a brawl with Gomez, who has predicted a "tear-up".

Powell said: "Gomez is going to bring a special kind of intensity to the fight. We all know how Michael Gomez likes to fight and we are fully prepared for what he's going to bring.

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He was tested tonight and I think that proves that if Paq took him on he would literally slaughter Khan!

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He was tested tonight and I think that proves that if Paq took him on he would literally slaughter Khan!

Khan's not ready plus I don't see anything 'special' about this fighter.

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Khan's not ready plus I don't see anything 'special' about this fighter.

He is just fast thats his only skill to be honest.

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