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Manny Pacquiao fight could be in Asia

AP, LAS VEGAS

Manny Pacquiao may meet an old foe in a new place in September.

Promoter Bob Arum said he is trying to put together a fifth fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and shopping it to casinos in Macau and Singapore. He said on Saturday night at the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight that the bout would likely be at one of the Venetian hotel-casinos in Macau or Singapore.

“The thing we’re waiting on is which one of their hotels they want to do it at,” Arum said.

Marquez would be the most likely opponent for Pacquiao, though Arum indicated earlier that Timothy Bradley — who won a disputed decision over Pacquiao last year — is another possibility.

Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in the sixth round in December last year, flattening the Filipino with a right hand that left him face down on the canvas for two minutes.

If Pacquiao meets Marquez, it could be held far from the Las Vegas Strip, where they fought all four of their fights. The MGM Grand hotel would ordinarily figure to be the host for the bout, but the hotel reportedly is holding a September date for Floyd Mayweather Jr, assuming he beats Robert Guerrero at the hotel on May 4.

Arum is in Macau this week for the fight card on Saturday night at the Venetian featuring two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming of China in his pro debut.

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