While Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is in the midst of fight week for the big Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios welterweight showdown on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) at the CotaiArena at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China, he is also planning his next card there.
Arum told ESPN.com that he will put on his fourth card at the CotaiArena on Feb. 22 (HBO2), a show that he is calling "Ring of Gold," which will feature three of the four 2012 Olympic gold medal winners he has signed: Russian heavyweight Egor Mekhontsev, Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata and Chinese flyweight Zou Shiming, who owns three Olympic medals (gold from 2012 and 2008 and a bronze from 2004). Zou, the face of boxing in China, has fought on the first two cards in Macau and is also scheduled to fight on Saturday’s Pacquiao-Rios undercard.
In addition to the gold medalists, Arum said the Feb. 22 card might also feature the latest 2012 Olympian to sign with him, middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao of Brazil, who lost a highly disputed decision to Murata in the Olympic final.
Arum said there will also be two world-title bouts on the card. One of those bouts will likely be lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez of Mexico in a mandatory defense against Russia’s Denis Shafikov, both of whom he promotes.
As for the second title bout, Arum was not sure what it would be but said one possibility is a rematch between Juan Francisco Estrada and Brian Viloria. On the first card in Macau in April, Estrada outpointed Viloria in a good fight to win the unified flyweight title.
Another possibility for the second title bout could involve junior welterweight titlist Khabib Allakhverdiev, Arum said.
"We’ll figure out the exact title fights once we get back home after the Pacquiao-Rios show," Arum said.