Amir Khan believes a rematch with Danny Garcia is now looking like his best bet after negotiations with Manny Pacquiao broke down. Khan, 27, had been eager to secure a fight with Pacquaio, who says he will fight for the final time next year before retiring from the sport and moving into politics on a full-time basis.
The Filipino fighter recently said he would have "no problem" taking on his former sparring partner but the Bolton-born fighter recently ended negotiations to pursue other fights. Having lost just three times as a professional, Khan is eager to avenge his last two losses and sees a rematch with Garcia, who stopped him in the fourth round in 2012, as his best option.
"Garcia would be an awesome fight, that fight would be something I would love to take and we will be looking at that," Khan told ESPN. "When I do fight it will be in January or February, I don't know where, there's a lot of interest in the UAE, there have been talks about doing an event here, but it depends where the best deal could be done."
Khan has previously spoken of his hopes of securing a rematch with Lamont Peterson, who beat him via a split decision in 2011. But having just defeated Felix Diaz Jnr in Virginia last Saturday (17 October), the 31-year-old is unlikely to return to the ring as early as the months mentioned by Khan.
Khan was twice overlooked by Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2014 and says the experience of having to wait so long only to be met with disappointment means he is no longer ready to hang around for fights that may or may not happen.
"It is just a waiting game now, but I am standing up for myself more after waiting so long for the Floyd Mayweather fight and it not happening. I am looking at other options because I don't want to be waiting and that fight [the Pacquiao fight] not to happen."