Pacquiao hopes Macau can be a boxing capital

Posted at 10/29/2013 8:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hopes to put on a show at the Venetian in Macau when he takes on former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in a welterweight clash on November 24.

It is the first time that Pacquiao will be fighting outside of the United States since July 2006, when he beat Mexican Oscar Larios in a bout held at the Araneta Coliseum.

“This was an exciting opportunity to be a part of the biggest boxing event in a blossoming boxing market,” Pacquiao said in a Boxing Scene report. “I love meeting new people, and this is a big chance for the sport of professional boxing to develop interest in it to one of the biggest untapped markets in the world.”

Pacquiao said that it is important for the sport to develop in new markets, including China, because it will help encourage Asian boxers to turn professional.

“Hopefully, the more shows we do in China, the more Asian fighters will be encouraged to become professional,” he said. “I think Macau, with its early success with Zou Shiming, could become a boxing capital.”

Zou, an Olympic gold medalist from China, turned professional last year and had his debut bout in Macau.

Pacquiao also likes fighting in Macau as it gives more Filipinos the chance to watch his fight.

“It gives me a chance to fight near my country, where they don’t have to spend a lot on travel to see me in action,” he said. “Plus, it’s nice not to suffer from jet lag traveling to a fight.”

“Macau and the Philippines are in the same time zone and have the same climate. I could get used to that,” he added.