• Bolton-boxer Amir Khan had been in the running to face Manny Pacquiao
  • But, Khan has missed out with Pacquiao opting to fight Timothy Bradley
  • April Las Vegas bout will be third time the Filipino has taken on Bradley

Martin Domin for MailOnline

Amir Khan has missed out on a blockbuster showdown with Manny Pacquiao.

The Filipino has instead opted to fight Timothy Bradley for a third time on April 9 in Las Vegas.

Khan had been in the running along with Terence Crawford but his best hopes of a lucrative pay-per-view date lie in a clash with British rival Kell Brook next summer.

Bolton-born boxer Amir Khan has missed out on a blockbuster showdown with Manny Pacquiao

Bolton-born boxer Amir Khan has missed out on a blockbuster showdown with Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao (pictured) has opted to fight Timothy Bradley for a third time on April 9 in Las Vegas

Pacquiao (pictured) has opted to fight Timothy Bradley for a third time on April 9 in Las Vegas

Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to Bradley in 2012 before comfortably winning their rematch last year

Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to Bradley in 2012 before comfortably winning their rematch last year

Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn has booked Wembley stadium for a potential meeting on June 4.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum told the Manila Times: ‘It’s a done deal and it’s going to be a third fight against Timothy Bradley.

‘We took a lot of consideration knowing Bradley has improved a lot as a fighter since the last time they met in 2014.

Khan (right) took to Instagram over the Christmas period to strike a pose at a Manchester United match

Khan (right) took to Instagram over the Christmas period to strike a pose at a Manchester United match

‘Bradley is happy about it of course and that’s a really competitive fight for Manny.’

Pacquiao will have been out of the ring for almost a year when he faces Bradley having undergone shoulder surgery following his defeat by Floyd Mayweather last May.

His next fight was expected to be his last but Arum insisted he could carry on.

Pacquiao, who is now 37,  will have been out of the ring for almost a year when he faces Bradley in Las Vegas

Pacquiao, who is now 37,  will have been out of the ring for almost a year when he faces Bradley in Las Vegas

‘It’s not going to be Manny’s last fight because anything could still happen and you know Manny. That’s why we won’t sell it that way. I don’t think it’s Manny’s last fight.’

Pacquiao, 37, lost a controversial decision to Bradley in 2012 before comfortably winning their rematch last year.

Bradley has since drawn with Diego Gabriel Chaves and beaten Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios. 

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