MANILA, Philippines – Since there’s no available venue for a Manny Pacquiao fight in April and he has to campaign in the May 13 elections, the Filipino superstar might have to postpone boxing until September, said Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
“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.
Pacquiao has ruled out holding his April fight in the US because of tax issues, so Arum had his sights set on Macau.
The promoter said the former Portuguese colony would like to host a Pacquiao fight, but its most suitable venue is already reserved for the whole month of April.
"Well you could say, 'Why not May?' Well, Manny's running into politics at that time. The elections are in May. Now he's running unopposed,” said Arum.
If Pacquiao fights in September, Arum said it would likely be another rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez.
But holding Pacquiao-Marquez V in the Philippines is out of the question because of the time difference.
"You can't do a fight like this in the Philippines because, first of all, you would have to do it on a Sunday morning for Saturday night in the United States,” said Arum.
He said they could stage the fight in Macau.
"They had a UFC fight in Macau, and they had like 6,000 people attend the fight… The Casino reported that they did an extra $28 million in business from what they would have done without the fight. So they (Macau) want these fights," said Arum.
Another possibility, he said, is Mexico City.
"Mexico City has a beautiful arena in Mexico City. It's bigger than the MGM. Holds about 18,000. It's a state-of-the-art facility. They just built it,” said Arum.
"And I was there. It's in a great area of Mexico City. We did a press conference there. It's a safe area, and the hotels around there are very safe."