Bob Arum rules out Middle East contest for Manny Pacquiao

Nick Giongco 22/09/2015

If there’s one thing certain about Manny Pacquiao’s next fight in 2016, it is the place where it is going to happen.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum revealed over the weekend that Pacquiao, who lost to Floyd Mayweather last May, will be fighting in the US.

“We’ll look to do it in the States,” Arum, 83, told the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Arum had flirted with the idea of staging Pacquiao’s comeback bout in the United Arab Emirates and even in England but was forced to gravitate towards America owing to the projected pay-per-view sales.

Pacquiao’s megabuck matchup with Mayweather drew a record-shattering 4.5 million buys.

“We played around with having Manny fight in the Mideast. But if you do a fight in the Mideast, you lose half the pay per view. And the people we were talking to couldn’t guarantee the live gate would make up for the loss on the pay per view, so it’s not going to happen there,” Arum told the paper.

Pacquiao underwent an operation four days after the Mayweather defeat to repair a torn right rotator cuff.

Arum said that before he could set the stage for Pacquiao’s return, the 36-year-old fighting congressman will have to undergo an MRI so his doctor in the US, Neal Attrache, gives him the clearance to fight again.

Arum estimates that Pacquiao’s next fight will take place between late-February and mid-April.

British punchers Amir Khan and Kell Brook, American Terence Crawford and even Argentine strongman Lucas Matthysse, should he win convincingly early next month against Viktor Postol, are the names being considered.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks