MANILA – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is open to fighting in New York, particularly at Madison Square Garden where some of the most historic boxing matches have taken place.
Carl Moretti, Top Rank Inc. vice president, told ESPN’s Michael Woods that Pacquiao mentioned New York when they were talking about Miguel Cotto’s upcoming match against Sergio Martinez.
"It came up at the gym about Miguel Cotto fighting at the Garden June 7 against Sergio Martinez, because Freddie Roach is training Cotto for the fight," Moretti said.
"Manny indicated he was enamored of the atmosphere at a big Garden fight, like when Cotto fought Antonio Margarito there [in 2011]. He would love to fight at the Garden if it could be worked out."
Most of Pacquiao’s bouts in the US have been held in Las Vegas, Nevada, considered the gambling capital of the world. He also fought once at Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas.
Among the monumental battles that were held at the Garden was the 1942 bout between "Sugar" Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta, the 1951 fight between Rocky Marciano and a fading Joe Louis, and the "Fight of the Century" between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
A Pacquiao fight in New York bout would have to take place after his WBO welterweight title fight with Timothy Bradley. The rematch will be held in Las Vegas on April 12.
With regard the tax obligations that come with a New York fight, Moretti said this can be cushioned by other benefits a boxing superstar can get from the Big Apple.
"The tax thing, I think, could maybe be worked out if you went over it with a fine-tooth comb," he said. "What you lose on taxes, you might pick up in value you cannot measure exactly, in exposure and marketing."