While there is still some uncertainty regarding who Manny Pacquiao will fight next, the same can’t be said for where he will be fighting. Regardless of whether he squares off against Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley or someone completely different, this much is for certain: the bout will not take place on American soil.
Ever since 2006, Pacquiao has consistently fought in the United States. No matter whether he was fighting in Texas or Nevada, the Filipino star regularly commanded massive audiences as he climbed to the top of boxing’s pound-for-pound rankings. Because he originally came in with a massive international following, fighting in the U.S. on a regular basis permitted Pacquiao to shore up his support here – truly making him a worldwide icon.
Unfortunately, shortly after his loss to Timothy Bradley last year, Pacquiao began to express some reservations about fighting strictly in the U.S. Ultimately he decided to give it one more go when he took on Marquez this past December; however, shortly thereafter, he made it clear that his next match would take place overseas. While the reason he cited was America’s new burdensome tax rate, the reality is that Pacquiao was probably just looking for a change of scenery.
This week, Bob Arum spoke at a luncheon promoting Zou Shiming’s upcoming fight in Macao. During his little talk, the Top Rank boss noted that it was ‘very possible’ that Pacquiao’s fifth fight against Marquez would take place in Singapore.
“Manny is pressing me to fight outside the U.S.,” Arum said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Earlier in the week, Michael Koncz insisted that a venue needed to be decided upon ASAP. He too made it seem as though a fight within the U.S. was unlikely.
“We need a venue. There has to be a deal finalized for Manny in the fall, regardless of the opponent,” Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s chief adviser, told RingTV.com.
“I talked to Bob yesterday, and he’s hopeful that the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel can wrap things up within seven to 10 days from now."