MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Manny Pacquiao has thumbed down a proposed Manila fight card that will feature the Filipino boxing superstar against Mexico’s Humberto Sotto in the main event.
The April fight card, which will be proposed to Filipino business tycoon Manny Pangilinan, plans to include four-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and Brian Viloria on the undercard.
The idea was hatched by Team Pacquiao member Eric Pineda, according to Philboxing's Ronnie Nathanielsz.
Nathanielsz reported that Pineda is supposed to meet with Pangilinan and Amateur Boxing of the Philippines president Ricky Vargas to lay out the proposal.
But boxing promoter Bob Arum and Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz have already expressed their disapproval.
Arum cited that Donaire can’t be included in the card because he has been lined up for an April fight in Las Vegas.
“That’s nonsense,” Arum told Nathanielsz, citing that the Philippine TV rights for Donaire’s April bout “are committed to ABS-CBN.”
Koncz, earlier, told the Philippine Star that they have already ruled out the US for Pacquiao's comeback fight in April.
He cited “tax reasons” forced them to skip the US for the April fight because the Filipino boxer won’t be taxed as much if he fights outside the US.