Pacquiao-Vargas UAE Bound? It Could Happen…

Pacquiao-Vargas UAE Bound? – Last week, the news came out that HBO was going to pass on promoter Bob Arum’s proposed Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas November 5th pay-per-view bout, likely ending a decade long relationship between the Filipino star and the cable giant.

Arum came out firing, stating that HBO had “abandoned” Pacquiao after a long relationship that made them a lot of money. It is no secret that there’s no love lost between Arum and HBO executive Peter Nelson who reportedly had the final say in spurning the Pacquiao-Vargas fight. Arum, a Harvard educated lawyer, says that he believes this action terminates HBO’s contract with Pacquiao.

For HBO, it shows that they are committed to their Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward pay-per-view for November 19th. With that fight having been in the works for over a year, perhaps it was a bit “privileged” for Top Rank to think they could just put Pacquiao out there two weeks prior. How could HBO fail to find it a conflict of interest? In the fast changing PPV market it is hard to predict an over/under for PPV sales for either fight, but even a diminished Pacquiao is likely to attract the bigger number of buyers. It means HBO deserves some credit for looking beyond the biggest immediate payday and putting a premium on developing a planned fight like Kovalev-Ward and having it come to fruition.

Read author Frank Lotierzo’s “Kovalev-Ward: A Fight You Won’t Have To Hold Your Nose When You Buy It.”

Arum seems determined to roll Pacquiao back out against Jessie Vargas on November 5th, and he will be working his considerable roladex looking to sell this fight. By sticking to the poorly received fight with Vargas as the main option for Pac-Man, Arum has been accused of avoiding harder options for Pacquiao, such as Terence Crawford. In many ways, Arum can be accused of taking the opposite tack of HBO, and that is trying to ride the Pacquiao money train for as long as he can milk it.

 

Pacquiao-Vargas UAE Bound?

The idea that the United Arab Emirates could host a Manny Pacquiao fight has been floating around for a few years now. Though neither Abu Dhabi or Dubai have any world class sports teams, they have become a site for elite athletes ranging from tennis, golf, and martial arts stars to soccer players to go and perform and earn big paydays. Everyone from Tiger Woods to Roger Federer have played in the Emirates and Manny Pacquiao, who has transcended his sport, is exactly the type of elite athlete the ruling family of the Emirates likes to host. What Arum is seeing the in the United States is the shrinking of Pacquiao’s name value, but in a place like the ostentatious Emirates, Pacquiao’s name still likely resonates. The UAE has supported a myriad of combat sports in recent history, including hosting UFC events and a “submission wrestling” tournament using rules developed there.

A few years back, Arum took Pacquiao to Macao, the formerly Portuguese protectorate off the coast of China where he used the Filipino star to open up doorways to a large and potentially lucrative market. Pacquiao went back to Macao for a second showing, giving the Chinese market a second look at the Pac-Man phenomenon. It also bears noting that HBO was firmly with Arum and Pacquiao as he faced Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri in Macau, and the cable giant will not be along to add to Top Rank’s earnings off Pac-Man this November.

The official information is that Pacquaio-Vargas will take place at the Thomas and Mack Center. But does HBO’s refusal to put the fight on PPV put the whole rest of the deal in jeopardy? Pacquiao is fighting for money at this  point, and he will not want to hear his fight will make less money because HBO is off the table. So Arum will work the phones to Showtime and the other major players in boxing, but who is going to put up a big money offer for this fight with HBO off the table?

There are always problems when cutting a new deal and Arum, who is Jewish, has never held a fight in a Muslim country. But both parties in this case may be willing to overcome that potential stumbling block for the greater good. For Arum, turning the HBO rejection into a “win” would be a big feather in his cap, so don’t be surprised if Arum pulls off the first major boxing match in the UAE. If not, Arum may find to his distress that Pac-Man’s mass appeal has fallen off the table.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Don't be quick on your guns. Expect for the MayPacII Bout to also be held in the UAE or Qatar. HBO is full of syet. It's has outgrown its britches. Holla!


-amayseng :

Why not just put them on the same ppv card with Kov and Ward? double header headliner. would that not get more buys? no one wants to spend money on 2 ppv's within the same weeks or months


-miguel1 :

Why not just put them on the same ppv card with Kov and Ward? double header headliner. would that not get more buys? no one wants to spend money on 2 ppv's within the same weeks or months
Ageed Amy, its the most forward thinking idea going, which is why it wont happen.


-Radam G :

Ageed Amy, its the most forward thinking idea going, which is why it wont happen.
You guys are overlooking something. The most money for Da Manny will be coming from billion-dollar Arab princes, not from $80-paying PPVers. The most moolah matters. Hehe! Holla!


-Radam G :

Why does all these ratchet lies keep coming from the fading USA that Da Manny is broke. Maybe because U.S America is broke, and is in debt to 15 countries, including to China, Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Oatar, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Tawain. U.S. America use to be the richest country on the earth. Now it is the superpower nation with the more debt. It is redlined and bleeding from everywhere, as da Don T would say. Suckas, bulljivers and posers are talking syet and telling lies about Da Manny, but he will be the senator that approves a loan to the struggling USA. We "half children and half devils". -- as the USA called us in 1898 after illegally invading our archipelago -- have come up financially because of mad skills and natural resources. We are beginning to look like the Japan of Southeast Asia. Holla!


-amayseng :

Why does all these ratchet lies keep coming from the fading USA that Da Manny is broke. Maybe because U.S America is broke, and is in debt to 15 countries, including to China, Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Oatar, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Tawain. U.S. America use to be the richest country on the earth. Now it is the superpower nation with the more debt. It is redlined and bleeding from everywhere, as da Don T would say. Suckas, bulljivers and posers are talking syet and telling lies about Da Manny, but he will be the senator that approves a loan to the struggling USA. We "half children and half devils". -- as the USA called us in 1898 after illegally invading our archipelago -- have come up financially because of mad skills and natural resources. We are beginning to look like the Japan of Southeast Asia. Holla!
It's humiliating. 21 trillion in debt and a corrupt Clinton is up for president. This crap government needs a redo. A new Boston tea party.


-deepwater2 :

Revolution is in the air.


-brownsugar :

Vargas is making this fight entertaining ... Vargas told Max Kellerman to quit talking "ish" about the fight. He curse out Max in a highly volatile commentary where he challenged Max's assessment of Pac's so called declining abilities saying... "he was looking pretty good in his last fight 3 months ago, quit trashing our fight" ....someone said Max Kellerman is just either being a realist or simply upset that he can't call the fight. Vargas said "I may not be black,....Ukrainian or white, but I think I can win the fight, just because I don't look like you or Terrence Crawford, dont downplay my abilities" I was kind of paraphrasing there but the usually gentlemanly welter went completely off on Kellerman and his comments were electrifying. Look it up for yourself...maybe not so politically correct, but he's starting get the spotlight shown in his direction. That's how to sell a fight,.... let em know how you feel.