MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is hopeful that he will be able to put up a mega-fight in Manila, much like the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier's epic "Thrilla in Manila."
In an interview with Telegraph Sports, Pacquiao said that he was inspired by Frazier, who succumbed to liver cancer earlier this week. Pacquiao was born three years after the Thrilla in Manila.
"When I was growing up, I heard about this big fight in the Philippines, and I asked my uncle for a DVD because I wanted to watch that fight," he said.
"My dream is to do a fight like Frazier and Ali had in the Philippines. I hope we can promote a fight that big in the Philippines," Pacquiao added.
His promoter, Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum, has previously said that a Pacquiao fight outside of the United States will be very difficult to pull off. Arum said it will be expensive to promote a fight outside of the US, and the time difference will also make it difficult for US media to cover it.
This time, however, Arum seems more receptive to a possible Pacquiao fight in Manila.
"It's hard to imagine any other event coming close to the thriller that the event in Manila was in 1975, but it would be a great way for Manny to sign off after four more fights," Arum said.
Pacquiao is scheduled to face rival Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for their trilogy bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.