After Manny Pacquaio fought Brandon Rios and the pay per view numbers didn’t overwhelm him, promoter Bob Arum was thinking maybe he would table the Pacman fighting in Macau concept.
But the deal maker is saying the next Pacman bout, against foe TBD, will occur in Macau. What changed, I asked the Hall of Fame promoter.
Arum said he isn’t focusing on Macau because he is down on the MGM, as he made explicitly clear during a fightweek rant before Pacquiao-Bradley 2. No, he said, Macau is proving to be a stellar fight site, that is the sole impetus.
A card topped by Donaire-Vetyeka “sold the emeffer out” four hours before the card kicked off, he said, of a packed arena, during the card which ran on May 31. The people are hot for boxing, the gaming tables are hot there, “boxing is booming in China.” And that will increase, he said, when Top Rank starts their weekly TV series, in July, on during prime time.
In August, Top Rank will start doing shows on the mainland, in Beijing, in Shanghai. Boxing is being embraced there, whereas here, it is “sort of looked at a failing sport.”
Arum said the Pacman fight will be on PPV, and it will be sold for about $4 a pop, with Zou Shiming as an added attraction. They hope to do between 3-4 million buys, in China, he said.
Thoughts, fight fans. Does it matter to you if Manny does not fight in the US?