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Arum: Pacquiao April Fight Unlikely, Marquez 5 Not in U.S.

By Miguel Rivera

On Wednesday, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum discussed the latest details regarding Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. Regarding the rumors of an April fight, Arum says it would be very difficult for Pacquiao to return on an April date and his return would likely not happen until September - the target for a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Between have difficulties with finding a location to stage the fight and an upcoming political race in the Philippines, Arum says the plan for April is probably not going to happen. The April fight was being pushed by Pacquiao and his adviser Michael Koncz.

Regarding the fifth match with Marquez, Arum is looking at the strong possibility of staging the match outside of the United States. The first four meetings took place in Las Vegas. Arum says both Pacquiao and Marquez are satisfied with having the fifth fight in Macau or Mexico City, where there would significant revenue bumps for both boxers without the factor of having them pay federal taxes.

"The fight will not be in Las Vegas. I don't even think that its being done in the United States, because about 40 percent of the profits go to the government," said Arum.

Marquez on the other hand is still looking to fight in April, either of the 13th or 20th, according to promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions. Reportedly one of the leading candidates to face Marquez is unbeaten welterweight contender Jessie Vargas.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing's Truth on 01-17-2013

Hate to go off topic but I'm watching this Lance Armstrong interview with ugly a s s Oprah and Lance is talking about how he used to dope. He's talking about how he used to use EPO and testoserone and…

Comment by Realizniguhnit on 01-17-2013

Not sure why Marquez would want to take on a bigger younger prime fighter fighter like Vargas and risk his payday for part 5. Just because he caught Pacquiao cold doesn't necessarily mean he's turned back the clock. After all…

Comment by cameltoe on 01-17-2013

Yes you are right, but we have seen Manny keep up that pace for entire fights before, so it's not outside the realms of possibility. Granted, he's faded badly in fights recently. I'm torn between wanting to see Marquez walk…

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 01-17-2013

[QUOTE=tlaloc;12923718]Bob & Roach jusnt wanna cash Pacman out. They can't afford to have Pacquiao loose in the tune-up fight[/QUOTE] I'll bet people in Pac's camp have been suggesting that he needs to dump both of them.

Comment by bigman87 on 01-17-2013

[quote=RVABoxer] Quote: Originally Posted by Check_hooks Taxes just went up in America for pretty much everybody especially the top 1%. 40% of whatever Pac makes is pretty much half of what he earned and hes the one taking all the…

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