Manny Pacquiao News: Floyd Mayweather The Next Opponent? Will PacMan Ever Fight Again In The U.S.?
Manny Pacquiao may be done fighting in the U.S., and a megabout with Floyd Mayweather may be looming. (Photo: Reuters)
Recent revelations from Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao's promoter, appear to indicate that the famed Filipino boxer may not ever fight in the U.S. again and it could also mean a much-anticipated bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. might be in the cards.
Arum dropped the bombshell on Friday that Pacquiao may continue his boxing career, but not fight in the U.S., as he can avoid the high taxes that go along with the purse, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Pacquiao will be fighting Brandon Rios on November 24, 2013, in Macau, China.
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"By fighting outside the country, as he's doing in this Rios fight, Manny doesn't have to pay U.S. taxes anymore - at a rate of 40% for a foreign athlete," Arum said.
"If this pay-per-view and other things take off like we think they may, I can't imagine Pacquiao will ever again fight in the U.S."
While the Pacquiao-Rios bout will be fought on Sunday morning in China, it will be broadcasted in the U.S. on Saturday night. Arum added that Chinese consumers could pay as much as $5 each to watch the fight on their tablets.
"We could do as many as $10 million to $20 million in sales with this. It changes everything. Will it work? We'll see in November."
As for a fight with Mayweather, Arum replied: "Let's not even go there."
However, Pacquiao may accept a fight with Mayweather based on the tax conditions, and Mayweather's confidence in fighting his exceptional next opponent. Mayweather allegedly promised Pac-Man a bout at $20 million earlier this year. If Pacquiao doesn't have to pay the U.S. tax on the fight, he might jump on the opportunity to accept such a deal. The megabout would be far more alluring to both fighters with the cut in taxes as part of the equation.
Also, Mayweather may become susceptible to cut a deal considering his promotion with Showtime, as well as his future fight with Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican fighter is undefeated, and Alvarez could easily give Mayweather more than he bargained for. Mayweather may choose to avoid a rematch with Alvarez no matter what the outcome, and choose to fight Pacquiao instead, and still have four more fights left on his contract with Showtime.
If Mayweather is so confident to fight a boxer in his prime like Alvarez, he could certainly be confident enough to fight Pacquiao on another continent, right? It was Mayweather who challenged Pacquiao's abilities in recent weeks, when he suggested that the two losses from Pacquiao (one a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley, and the other a surprise knockout punch from Juan Manuel Marquez) makes him less appealing of an opponent. A deal could be in the works with Pacquiao willing to accept a lower price for a bout in Las Vegas, and with Mayweather brimming with confidence that his undefeated record would stay in tact.
In 2012, Mayweather's uncle said that Mayweather would fight Pacquiao in 2013. That won't happen based on both fighters' schedules, but the two could settle their differences in 2014 under the tax situation and Mayweather's Showtime contract.
Time might be running out for boxers. Mayweather is 36, and Pacquiao is 34.