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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

Dubai in frame to host Pacquiao, Mayweather fight
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)
Dubai in frame to host Pacquiao, Mayweather fight
(Getty Images)

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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AB bookworm 8 years ago

Whata great idea! I think this is the best time to promote boxing in the Arab world, besides Arab employers want to see a glimpse of a Filipino boxer especially those employing Philippine. Monetary wise this is a keen move on promoters because more races are interested to see how Pacquiao will fare against the American fist. Bet you, more expatriates not only Philippine will troops to Dubai to take part on this momentous event. Looking forward to.

Raynald O. Juarez 8 years ago

This fight will never happen, Mayweather is making all kind of excuse and still saying his the best but can never prove it, All the people he fight takes a distance and says his the best, but with Pacquuiao it takes only a few rounds. Take the case of Hatton it takes him a lot of rounds, while Pacman takes only 2 rounds, Mayweather talk too much, but he is afraid of Pacman and with share of pot he wants to take it all, he is a guy who wants fame, but he is greedy.

Marcelo 8 years ago

Pacman is best boxer of all time and he will knock out this big mouthed Mayweather in a fight !
Pacman has shown that Filipinos are best in everything!

John Smith 8 years ago

Where ever it is held the timing would need to fit US network peak timings. That would mean a fight in the UAE would have to be at about 8am in the morning. Can't realistically see it happening here.

John Doe 8 years ago

I don’t think this will materialize at all..boxing is not just about the sport, it also needs to have a sense of place like what Vegas has..mayweather is all fame and money so with that your bet is as good as mine..

Expat 123 8 years ago

Very true, highly doubtful it would be here when you can fit 100,000 people into Cowboy Stadium and charge another 80 million $50 each to watch it on Pay Per View.

Expat 123 8 years ago

Mayweather would crush him, would last 2 rounds max.

Expat 123 8 years ago

The best in everything.. LOL. Mayweather will destroy him.

Mick 8 years ago

Well, Marcelo....I don't think that having the best pound for pound fighter in the world means that filipinos are the best at everything. Football? Cricket? Hockey? Baseball? Track and Field? ......Ballroom Dancing?I am not sure what you mean by everything.
Mayweather has always had a big mouth, so I hope I get the chance to see Pacquiao drop him in the first round.

procan 8 years ago

Traditional boxing is so over, you want to watch a true fight of Gladiators try UFC mixed martial arts now there is a show!GSP George St. Pierre greatest pound for pound fighting machine on the planet bar none.