In an interview with Dan Rafael of ESPN, Arum said that he is not exactly sure where the September bout will be staged, but hinted that it could either be in Macau or Singapore.
Arum said: “He is fighting in September. I don’t know against who and I’m not exactly sure where, but it looks like Macau or Singapore.”
The veteran promoter expressed confidence that both planned venue will make the fight marketable despite not being staged in Las Vegas, wherein the taxes for big money bouts were raised to 39.6 percent. It means that if a fighter gets $20 million, he would need to pay almost $8 million in taxes.
Arum, who is bound to Macau for the upcoming fight card headlined by Zou Shiming and Filipino champion Brian Viloria, also talked about the possible opponents of Pacquiao.
As expected, Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao in their fourth showdown last December, is on top of their list. But if Marquez decides to stay away from Pacquiao, Arum said that the former pound-for-pound king will be pitted against Timothy Bradley or Brandon Rios.
“It will be one of those three guys, at 147 pounds. My idea would be if Pacquiao fought Marquez, we do Bradley against Rios,” Arum said.
However, the possibility of Pacquiao facing Rios is unattractive as of now after the latter lost in his rematch against Mike Alvarado on Sunday, which trimmed the list down to Bradley and Marquez.
Bradley, who defeated Pacquiao last year via controversial decision, recently escaped with unanimous decision win over Ruslan Provodnikov in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title showdown two weeks ago, but not before being knocked down in the first and 12th round of the match.
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