Pacquiao to fight again in September

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao plans to fight again in September, with the bout likely to be staged outside the United States to avoid high taxes, his spokeswoman said.

Negotiations are ongoing for a rematch with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked Pacquiao out in his last fight in December, although the opponent and the venue are yet to be finalised, Rose Tamayo told AFP.

“The fight is definitely in September. We will talk about the opponent and the place after the May 13 elections,” Tamayo said, citing comments Pacquiao made to her on Wednesday.

Pacquiao, 34, is running for re-election as a congressman in next month’s Philippine mid-term elections, and he is currently on the campaign trail.

Tamayo said Pacquiao wanted his next fight to be outside the United States, where he has traditionally fought in front of huge crowds and for enormous pay-per-view television revenues, to avoid high taxes.

“Manny wants to fight outside the United States because of the taxes… Singapore is one of the top places for consideration. There is also Macau and Dubai,” Tamayo told AFP.

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