Talks to fight Manny Pacquiao in 2016 progressing smoothly, says Amir Khan

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Amir Khan believes he is on the verge of securing a pay-per-view fight with Manny Pacquiao, with plans for a Las Vegas showdown as early as February 2016.

Bolton's former world light-welterweight champion is in talks with Pacquiao's team and hopes an announcement can be made within a matter of weeks.

If the fight with the Filipino is made within two weeks, Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) says he will rule out fighting again in 2015. Khan's only fight this year was a disappointing points win over New Yorker Chris Algieri.

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), 36, has not fought since he lost a points decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr in May. The Filipino claims he aggravated a right shoulder injury - a torn rotator cuff - during training for the Mayweather fight, the richest in boxing history.

Pacquiao, who has won world title belts at eight weight divisions, has since been recovering from surgery and Khan, 28, is hopeful he will finally get the mega-fight he has been pursuing for the past two years.

"I can confirm that my team has been negotiating with Bob Arum; so far everything is going smooth," Khan told The National newspaper.

"The contracts are being negotiated and, if everything is agreed, Manny Pacquiao will be my next opponent. Depending on when he and his team feels he could be ready, the fight could be in February or April 2016.

"We have not gone into the specifics yet but it is a pay-per-view fight, it's going to be global. It could be either on HBO or any other network, as I am a free agent."

Khan has also been linked to a rematch with American Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs), who stopped him in the fourth round in 2012.

But a fight against Pacquiao, a former sparring partner from their time together under trainer Freddie Roach, would be the biggest fight of Khan's career.

Khan spent years chasing a fight against Mayweather, who twice turned down the opportunity to face the Briton and claims he is now retired after extending his record to 49-0 against Andre Berto in early September.