MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao received a $10-million offer to fight in Dubai in April, according to his boxing trainer Freddie Roach.
“I got a phone call from someone in Dubai on Monday, who offered $10 million for Manny to fight there in April,” Roach told Sport360°'s Jon Turner.
“But I told him to call [Top Rank promoter] Bob Arum because I don’t make his fights; I just get him ready.”
Pacquiao has been planning to make his ring comeback in April following his sixth-round knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
His camp, however, is still looking for a suitable venue that could host his tune up bout prior his supposed fifth ring encounter with Marquez.
Among the locations being considered for the April bout are Singapore and Manila. But with the $10-million offer, Roach said Dubai could also be an ideal venue for Pacquiao as well.
“A place like Dubai for a fight could be great. It’s a great location for pay-per-view and TV networks and it would be seen worldwide,” the boxing coach said. “There would definitely be a lot of interest for a fight to take place there so it has the potential to be a great event.”
Arum earlier said Pacquiao no longer wants to fight 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% [in taxes] to the government,” Arum had said.