Pacquiao-Marquez fight in Singapore Casino?

Promoter Arum in Macau to promote boxing as he eyes expansion in region

LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao may meet an old foe in a new place in September.

Promoter Bob Arum said he is trying to put together a fifth fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and shopping it to casinos in Macau and Singapore.

He said on Saturday night at the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight that the bout would likely be at one of the Venetian hotel-casinos in Macau or Singapore.

"The thing we're waiting on is which one of their hotels they want to do it at," Arum said.

When contacted, both Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) told The Straits Times that they have yet to be approached by Arum.

Said Fabian Foo, communications executive at RWS: "We're definitely interested in hosting someone of his stature. This is definitely something on our radar."

Marquez would be the most likely opponent for Pacquiao, though Arum indicated earlier that Timothy Bradley - who won a disputed decision over the Filipino last year - is another possibility.

Thirty-nine year-old Marquez knocked Pacquiao, 34, out in the sixth round in December, flattening the Filipino with a right hand that left him face-down on the canvas for two minutes.

It was the first win for the Mexican in four fights between the two rivals. If Pacquiao meets Marquez, it could be held far from the Las Vegas Strip, where they had fought all four of their bouts.

The MGM Grand hotel would ordinarily figure to be the host for the fight. But it is reportedly holding a September date for Floyd Mayweather Jr, assuming he beats Robert Guerrero at the hotel on May 4.

For the Pacquiao-Marquez fight to happen, Arum will have to pay Marquez a lot more than he did last time.

The Mexican received US$6 million (S$7.4 million) compared to Pacquiao's US$23 million guaranteed contract.

Marquez has not asked for a 50-50 deal but is going to want a big bump-up in pay.

Arum, at the same time, will have to guarantee Pacquiao his usual US$20 million per fight fee.

Arum added that Pacquiao's Asian fight would take place in the morning to facilitate a live prime-time HBO pay-per-view broadcast in the United States.

The promoter is in Macau this week for the fight card on Saturday at the Venetian featuring two-time Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming of China in his pro debut.

Singapore has hosted two boxing shows in the last year featuring World Boxing Association featherweight champion Chris John from Indonesia.

Both cards were held at Marina Bay Sands. John's Australian promoter, Angelo Hyder, had hoped to lure Marquez to Singapore to fight John, but negotiations broke down at an early stage.