These Manny Pacquiao fights in Macau are not just a one-shot, or even a two-shot, deal. As long as Pacquiao remains a top draw, expect the Filipino legend and boxing’s only eight-division world titleholder to fight in the Chinese gambling capital annually for the foreseeable future.
That is what Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said recently on the subject as Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) prepares for his second fight at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao, where he will defend his welterweight title against junior welterweight titlist Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on Nov. 22 (HBO PPV).
Last November, Pacquiao fought there for the first time, easily outpointing Brandon Rios in a nontitle bout. Pacquiao returned to Las Vegas for a rematch with Timothy Bradley Jr. in April, won a clear decision and reclaimed his welterweight belt.
Now it’s off to Macau again to defend the title, even though the pay-per-view numbers for the last overseas fight were off considerably (only 475,000), prompting HBO to say it did not want to go to Macau for another Pacquiao pay-per-view.
But Arum had the final say: If HBO wants to be in business with Pacquiao, which it does, then Macau is where the cameras will be.
“Who are they to say anything when it is my money,” said Arum, who is the one taking the risk on the event. “It’s Manny’s career, and we are fighting in probably the best location in the world, which is in Macau in the Cotai Arena, which is a tremendous place to watch a fight live.”
Arum, who has done several cards in Macau over the past couple of years in partnership with the Venetian, said the money generated in Asia more than makes up for selling fewer pay-per-views in the United States. He said Venetian officials want Pacquiao to fight there regularly and have made it worth their while.
“They said to me they wanted Manny to fight there once a year,” Arum said. “So, obviously, if Manny fights twice a year, he fights there in the fall and in the spring he fights either in the United States or some other place.”