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Pacquiao fight venue found, foe not yet

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MANNY PACQUIAO

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where Manny Pacquiao scored the biggest wins of his legendary career, will be the venue of his April 12 ring return.

Arum, who turns 82 on Sunday, told the Bulletin from New York yesterday that the identity of Pacquiao’s opponent will be known “before Christmas” and the candidates are Tim Bradley of the US and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico or even Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia even if he is also trained by Freddie Roach.

The Grand Garden Arena, can accommodate more than 17,000 and Arum is upbeat that all seats can be filled as evidenced by Pacquiao’s immense popularity.

When Pacquiao beat Brandon Rios last Nov. 23 in Macau, the CotaiArena was reconfigured to 13,000-plus and Arum beamed with pride following the announcement that 13,101 fans that sounded like 30,000 came to watch it.

Bradley is the favorite to land the Pacquiao payday as he is raring to prove that his split decision win over the Filipino icon was not a fluke.

Marquez, 40, is also on the radar screen but he has made it clear that he doesn’t have any intentions of meeting Pacquiao in a fight fight especially after his rousing sixth-round knockout the last time they squared off.

But now that Marquez is coming off a loss to Bradley, he might end up having a change of heart and lured into a mouth-watering matchup with Pacquiao, whose career got a boost following his lopsided victory over Brandon Rios in Macau late last month.

The MGM Grand was where Pacquiao scored his landmark stoppage of Oscar Dela Hoya in Dec. 2008, his second-round devastation of British Ricky Hatton in May 2009.

Meanwhile, Arum said he would love to see Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather get it on before they go past their prime.

Speaking to USA Today, Arum said getting the fight done remains possible.

“Absolutely. It can happen. It’s stupid if it doesn’t happen. They owe it to the sport. What, is Mayweather going to fight Amir Khan? Who gives a (expletive)? We’ve announced we’re willing to make anything happen. Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down and explore how it can happen.

  • JOJO MARTIN

    maybe, Floyd want to fight, Amir Khan, because Khan is easy opponent for him. Why not, Pacquiao, is he scared?

  • marinero

    bawat quarter dapat may laban, hangga’t bata pa. tax free ka na sabi ni guni-guni.

  • boboy

    Right Phils. cannot afford to handle a big fight like what it had happened in MGM or in Cotai Arena…aside from tickets and all other boxing expenses…anyway, why in MGM again? simple it is about business and leisure that accumulates not the personality of a boxer, imagine the volumes of dollars to raise if this will be placed in US….

  • ECHOO

    tapos kapag kumikita na ang pilipinas,kukurakutin ng gobyerno

  • francistanseco

    Request ko lang po kay Congressman MAnny Pacquiao, sana po sa Pilipinas nyo po gawin ang laban ninyo para naman po makatulong kayo ng malaki sa pamamagitan ng pagpasok ng ekonomiya dito sa atin. Alam naman po natin na malaking pera ang pinapasok po ninyo sa mga syudad na dinadarausan ng laban po ninyo. Yon lang po at Mabuhay po kayo.

    • Ryan Bardaje

      but, mas malaki kasi profit if sa US ang venue. kya malabo tlga nila gawin s pinas.

    • MatagalNgBagongBayani

      Sino po ang makaka-afford ng presyo sa gate/tickets kung dito gaganapin at ang premyo ay $20-$30 million dollars? Kahit pa mag-sponsor ang mga malalaking kumpanya sa atin. Ito and dahilan kung bakit sa labas ng Pilipinas ginagawa ang laban. Hindi tulad noong Thrilla In Manila dahil maliliit pa lang ang premyo nun.

    • ECHOO

      tapos kapag kumikita na ang pilipinas,lagot na yan sa mga politiko natin…..wala rin.