Arum: Pacquiao’s US return is about numbers, Manila fight is also possible

Promoter Bob Arum has refused to rule out a potential return to the United States for China-bound welterweight star Manny Pacquiao following previous reports that the Congressman would never fight there again.

Arum, speaking with Radio Rahim TV at the recent announcement for the signing of Japanese Olympian Ryota Murata, stated that seeking the best deal for Pacquiao would determine the whereabouts of the Filipino’s next outing.

“He (Manny) would be open to fight in the United States,” Arum confirmed. “It’s all a matter of running the numbers: if he makes a certain amount in the United States, he has to pay 40% in taxes. If he makes a certain amount of money in Macau, it’s a very small percentage.
“So you run the numbers, if you fought in the United States and the numbers are such that you’ve taken to account the taxes and still make economic sense, he would fight in the United States,” he added.

When pushed by Rahim on other venues for a possible future bout for the ‘Pacman’ next year, Arum also said that he believes there will soon be a venue lucrative enough to stage a fight for Pacquiao on his home soil.

“Right now they are building four casino’s in Manila Bay and there is no reason why Pacquiao can’t fight there in a year or so,” explained Arum.

Pacquio, 34, takes on Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios this coming November as he attempts to recover from two straight defeats and wont be thinking beyond that as another loss would potentially end his career.

Arch-rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to face Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on September 14 and if both come through their respective bouts, a huge battle between the two may well be the only fight that would bring about a return to US shores for the eight-weight champion.