Macau likely venue of Pacquiao's next fight
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao may wind up going to Macau for his next fight, the fighter’s adviser said.
Michael Koncz told Ronnie Nathanielsz of Boxing Scene that Macau is the most likely venue, although nothing has been set in stone.
“Macau seems to be it, according to (Top Rank chief executive) Bob Arum,” Koncz said, adding that the venue will have an impact on Pacquiao’s purse for the fight.
“The purse goes hand-in-hand with the venue,” he explained.
Top Rank will present a fight card in Macau this April 6, with world flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria defending his belts against Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada in the main event.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming will also make his professional boxing debut in the fight card, while Filipino boxers Milan Melindo and brothers Dodie Boy and Dave Penalosa are also seeing action.
Arum had earlier said that he wants to hold Pacquiao’s next fight outside of the United States for tax reasons.
No opponent has been chosen for Pacquiao, although Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez remains an option as well as unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. The winner of the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado rematch will also be considered.