Pacquiao’s April fight likely in Asia for tax purposes; Marquez not part of card
By Allan Fox: The doubleheader idea of having Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on the same card for April 20th appears to have been dismissed by Pacquiao’s team, as they reportedly don’t want the extra expense of having Marquez on the same card, according to the Manila Bulletin.
Pacquiao’s next fight will likely be in Asia rather than the United States due the lower taxes. They have three locations they’re targeting: Dubai, Macau or Singapore. Having Pacquiao’s next fight in one of those locations will likely dramatically lower his taxes compared to if it was to be staged in the U.S.
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told the Manila Bulletin “We’re fighting in April and we already have an opponent in mind.”
Koncz also shot down the idea of Pacquiao and Marquez fighting on the same card, saying it won’t be done because of “Extra expenses” involved it was to be made. That makes sense because Marquez will likely be asking for huge money in his next fight and if he does that it’s not going to make it tough for Pacquiao to get his usual $20 million+ that he receives, especially if this fight is just a tune-up for him against a less than popular fighter.
Pacquiao is popular enough on his own to still get huge pay per view totals even against a lesser known fighter, but if you add Marquez to the card fighting a little known opponent as well, there might not be enough money to go around to keep both fighters making the kind of money that they deserve.
As for who Pacquiao will be fighting, it’s still unknown. If Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, decides he wants Pacquiao to fight one of his guys from his Top Rank stable, then the options will be kind of limited with Pacquiao having to pick between Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley. Those aren’t tune-up type opponents and each of them presents a big hurdle for Pacquiao. Arum would be wiser to pick out someone a little less talented and someone that doesn’t hit too hard. Right now, Pacquiao shouldn’t be facing a huge puncher after the way he was knocked out last December by Marquez.