Manny Pacquiao is expected to confirm his intended opponent to long standing promoter Bob Arum by this Friday.

Saturday April 9 has been earmarked as the Filipino's farewell fight before a full time switch to a political career.

The 36 year old has now recovered from shoulder surgery to fix an injury sustained during the Floyd Mayweather fight in May and will be looking to sign off an illustrious career in style.

 Manny Pacquiao

It appears that three names are in the hat with Terence Crawford, Tim Bradley and Amir Khan all waiting patiently for the call.

Pacquiao’s trusted adviser Michael Koncz has been in dialogue with Arum to confirm Pac-Man is closing in on his next opponent.

"He’s absolutely positive we’ll have an answer by Friday,” revealed the Hall of Fame promoter, who spoke with ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Lightning could strike again for Khan, who also missed out on a huge fight with Floyd Mayweather as both Crawford and Bradley are fellow TopRank fighters and stablemates of Pacquiao.

Arum continued "Would I prefer it not to be Khan? Yes, but this is Manny’s last fight. I have a duty to him to present him all of the options. Do I hope he doesn’t pick Khan though? Of course. I don’t think he will pick Khan.”

It would be another bitter blow for the Bolton ace, who has made just one ring appearance in 2015 against Chris Algieri back in May.

"Khan was an option when we considered having this fight in April in the Middle East, so he was a guy on the table. Now the Middle East is not on the table, but he’s still one of the guys on the table," concluded Arum.

All eyes are on Manny's next move to set up one of the biggest fights during the first quarter of 2016.