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Macau looms as Pacman’s fight venue

Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz indicated that Macau looms as the venue for the eight-division world champion’s next fight planned for sometime in September. “Macau seems to be it, according to (Top Rank promoter) Bob Arum,” Koncz told the Manila Standard. “Unless there is a deal set with the venue regardless of who the opponent is, I don’t see Manny having time to go to Macau in the middle of an election.” While Pacquiao is running unopposed for re-election for the sole congressional seat in Sarangani province, his wife Jinkee who is running for vice governor of the province and brother Rogelio, who is going up against former congresswoman Darlene Antonino Custodio, face tough battles. “If Arum closes a deal with Macau, then that’s a different story because then we should be there to represent the Venetian and so on,” said Koncz, who also indicated that Pacquiao’s purse would be essentially tied up with the chosen venue. “The most important thing is the venue and the purse goes hand-in-hand with the venue,” said Koncz. As for a possible opponent, Pacquiao’s adviser said the names of Juan Manuel Marquez, who scored a sixth-round knockout over Pacquiao in Las Vegas last Dec. 8 in their fourth meeting and World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, who came out a close winner in a war with the Pacman’s premier sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov, are among those being considered. Also on the list is the winner of the rematch for the WBO light welterweight interim title between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado on March 30. “I have some thoughts of my own,” said Koncz, who however, didn’t name them. Top Rank will present a blockbuster fight card at the Venetian in Macau on April 6 in which WBO/World Boxing Association flyweight champion Brian Viloria will defend his title against Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico and No.1 contender Milan Melindo will face Tommy Seran of Indonesia.
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