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Singapore to host Pacquiao fight? (Bangkok Post)
Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring in April – and Singapore is vying with Macau and Abu Dhabi to host the fight.
The former WBO world welterweight champion suffered his second consecutive defeat with a sixth-round knockout by Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on Dec 8 last year, following the loss of his belt on a controversial points decision to unbeaten US fighter Timothy Bradley last June.
Pacquiao’s chief adviser Mike Koncz confirmed on Sunday that the Filipino will return to the ring in April and the fight – against an as yet unnamed opponent – will not be held in the United States.
“We’re not interested in the US for this fight,” Koncz told The Philippine Star.
Pacquiao received a mandatory suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his defeat to Marquez, meaning he can’t fight in their territory until March 9, or 90 days after his loss, and isn’t allowed to spar until Feb 7, 60 days after the knockout.
The 34-year-old can box by the second or third week of April and train seven to eight weeks prior to the contest if he fights outside the US.