Dubai in frame to host Pacquiao, Mayweather fight

Filipino ace's trainer says Dubai group willing to pay huge sums to bring title fight to UAE
Manny Pacquiao prays in the ring before taking on Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 14 Jan 2012 11:30 AM

Dubai is in the frame to host boxing's mega showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the Filipino's trainer has said.

Freddie Roach said he believed Dubai was the best option for the fight "moneywise", AFP reported.

He claimed that a group from Dubai was willing to pay huge sums so that the title fight can be staged in the UAE.

"Dallas would be the best place to put on that fight in the US because
you could get 100,000 people in Cowboys Stadium but Dubai is the best
moneywise. There were negotiations with people from Dubai. I met with a group of people who were negotiating with (Pacquiao's financial adviser) Michael Koncz," Roach said in comments published by AFP.

He said a May 5 bout against Mayweather remained a possibility but that a later date in Dubai or Dallas or Dubai would be a better option.

Mayweather called out Pacquiao on Tuesday, writing on his social networking site Twitter to "Step up punk."

Roach scoffed at Mayweather's challenge to fight on May 5 in Las Vegas but said he welcomes the undefeated US boxer's willingness to step in the ring with his Filipino fighter.

Mayweather and Pacquiao, 33, previously saw a fight derailed by the US fighter's demands about blood testing, with both boxers accusing the other of running scared.

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