Pacquiao,unlikely to fight out of USA
Pound for pound No.1 boxer Manny Pacquiao is arguably the most famous person in his native Philippines but his promoter Bob Arum says his top prizefighter is unlikely to ever fight in his homeland. In fact the Top Rank boss believes he will never fight outside of the United States.
“Problem is most of the money comes from pay-per-view in the United States,” said Arum. The promoter also pointed out that the global recession means many media outlets would also be reluctant to send staff overseas to cover the event.
“With the newspapers and media struggling, they’re not going to send the media overseas to cover the fight,” added Arum.
The 32 year-old WBO welterweight champion is scheduled to defend his title against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 12, and whilst Arum says ‘Pac Man’ will only fight on for a couple more years, he has not decided who Pacquiao will face after Marquez
“There’s a lot of guys out there that Manny can fight,” says Arum. “There’s [Timothy] Bradley, there’s Amir Khan, there’s Mike Jones, there’s Brandon Rios. He’s only going to fight two more years and there’s plenty of names out there.”
The natural fight for Pacquiao is of course a ‘Super-Fight’ against undefeated American rival Floyd Mayweather Jr but Arum does not see the potential fight of year happening any time soon.
“The one thing Mayweather has had throughout his career, he knows boxing. He understands boxing and Mayweather cannot compete with Manny,” said insists Arum.
October 26, 2011