Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao plans to fight again in September, with Dubai as a possible venue for the match, according to AFP on Wednesday.
Rose Tamayo, a member of Pacquaio’s publicity team, said he wanted to fight outside the U.S., where he has traditionally fought in front of huge crowds and for enormous pay-per-view television revenues.
“Manny wants to fight outside the United States because of the taxes... Singapore is one of the top places for consideration. There is also Macau and Dubai,” Tamayo told AFP.
Negotiations are ongoing for a rematch with Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked Pacquiao out in his last fight in December. The details are yet to be finalized, Tamayo told AFP.
“The fight is definitely in September. We will talk about the opponent and the place after the May 13 elections,” Tamayo said.
Pacquiao is running for re-election as a congressman in next month’s Philippine mid-term elections, he is currently busy with his campaign, according to Gulf News on Wednesday.
He successfully translated his boxing talent into the political ring, winning a seat in the Philippine’s lower house of parliament in 2010.
Dubai as a possible venue
The emirate has been cited as a possible venue for a Pacquiao fight, with boxing legend “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler previously endorsing the city’s credentials as a host.
Hagler disregarded the potential problem of a time-zone difference between the UAE and the U.S.’s prime time pay-per-view market when speaking of a possible fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., which was postulated last year.
“A fight of this nature would be a great deal because the world would be watching no matter what time it is,” Hagler told Gulf News in January 2012.
“I can’t say if money or the time zone factor will count Dubai out of the equation but regardless I would have thought Dubai has a good chance. You know the name of the game, whoever has the money can host the fight. So ultimately it depends on who can financially host it,” he stated.
Pacquiao has secured an unprecedented eight world titles in different weight divisions and was until recently regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer internationally.