Pacquiao eyes Rizal Memorial fight in April


Posted at Jan 18 2013 10:47 PM | Updated as of Jan 20 2013 02:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao insists that he wants to make a ring return in April despite of lack of venues that could play host to his bout.

Pacquiao has already sent his adviser Michael Koncz to Singapore to check possible locations where his fight could be staged.

The fighting congressman told ABS-CBN News that if there’s no available venue in Singapore, then they might hold the fight at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

“Nakasanayan na April [lumalaban tayo],” said the Filipino boxer. “Sisikapin natin na [dito gawin] sa Pilipinas. Kung dito sa Pilipinas, baka sa Rizal Memorial Stadium.”

His promoter, Bob Arum, earlier said that it is unlikely for them to stage a fight in April because of the unavailability of ideal locations for Pacquiao’s bout.

He said Pacquiao also has a campaign to take care of as the boxer plans to run for re-election as congressman of Sarangani province.

“Manny was going to fight in April, but now, it doesn't look like he is going to fight in April. He won't fight until September,” the boxing promoter told RingTV’s Lem Satterfield.

Arum said Macau could have been an ideal venue for Pacquiao’s comeback in April.

“Macau has one arena that's suitable, and that's in the Venetian… [Top Rank president] Todd duBoef went over to Macau to arrange for a Pacquiao fight in April, and, unfortunately, a Korean pop star had signed a contract for the building for most of April,” said Arum.

Arum said Pacquiao has ruled out fighting in the US because of tax issues.

"Pacquiao doesn't want to fight in the United States because he'd have to give close to 40 percent [in taxes] to the government.”