Arum eyes 3 possible foes for Pacman
MANILA - After the lower than expected pay-per-view (PPV) sales of the Macau fight card, Top Rank will be bring back Manny Pacquiao back to the US for an April 12 fight in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao’s comeback fight against Brandon Rios generated only around 500,000 PPV buys, a lot lower than the 1.15 million buys of his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez last year.
Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum said he’ll also be bringing Zou Shiming along to market the fighter both in the Chinese and US PPV market.
"We'll have Manny fighting back in the United States with Zou Shiming on the undercard and do a pay-per-view in China, where it will be on Sunday morning," Arum said in ESPN.com.
Pacquiao had decided to fight outside the US as a huge chunk of his earnings go to the taxes.
However, the move distanced the Filipino fighter from his US fight fans.
Arum said they are considering three fighters for Pacquiao’s April 12 bout: Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov.
"It'll be one of those guys," Arum said.
"We're gonna get it done sometime this month I hope. I want to start promoting it. What we're hoping to do is get Manny over here in January to do press conferences for the fight and also to do rallies in places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., for relief for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines."