Pacquiao fight could be in Macau or Singapore
Manny Pacquiao may meet an old foe in a new place in
Promoter Bob Arum said he is trying to put together a fifth
fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and shopping it to
casinos in Macau and Singapore. He said Saturday night at the
Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight that the bout would likely be at
one of the Venetian hotel-casinos in Macau or Singapore.
”The thing we’re waiting on is which one of their hotels they
want to do it at,” Arum said.
Marquez would be the most likely opponent for Pacquiao, though
Arum indicated earlier that Timothy Bradley – who won a disputed
decision over Pacquiao last year – is another possibility.
Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in the sixth round in December,
flattening the Filipino fighter with a right hand that left him
face down on the canvas for 2 minutes. It was the first win for
Marquez in four fights between the two rivals.
If Pacquiao meets Marquez, it could be held far from the Las
Vegas Strip, where they fought all four of their fights. The MGM
Grand hotel would ordinarily figure to be the host for the bout,
but the hotel reportedly is holding a September date for Floyd
Mayweather Jr., assuming he beats Robert Guerrero at the hotel May
Arum is in Macau this week for the fight card Saturday night at
the Venetian featuring two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming
of China in his pro debut.