LONDON - Pakistani-British boxer Amir Khan on Friday tweeted out an affirmation to fight against his friend and Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao .

Pacquiao, who is ready to take on American boxer Jessie Vargas on Saturday, in an interview with Sky Sports News HQ said that he would be fine with a fight against ‘friend’ Amir .

“I’m willing to fight anybody,” said Pacquiao. “Amir is my friend and it’s good to fight somebody that you know. That’s better.”

In reaction to the comment by Pacquiao, Amir took to twitter and said: “Sometimes friends fight one another. Let’s make this fight happen for the fans.”

The 37-year-old member of the Filipino senate will be facing an opponent for the 67th time as a professional and it will be his first crack at the world title as a member government, and he thinks he can combine both roles.

“The love of boxing motivated me and also I feel lonely inside,” he said. “I realise I can still box and so I decided to change my mind and continue the journey. It’s not easy [to combine boxing with being a senator], it’s hard to balance working in an office and training but I can manage my time.”

He added: “This is a very important fight and it’s a difficult fight — he’s a champion so you can’t underestimate him or take him lightly but I’ll make sure I’m 100 per cent conditioned, mentally and spiritually.”