Pacquiao-Marquez V

Macau might end up playing host to the proposed September showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said Macau has the resources to do just that and he'd know soon if the former Portuguese colony could live up to its promise.

"We are going to test the waters," said Arum as he looks forward to his first foray there with the holding of an April 6 slugfest featuring the professional debut of two-time Olympic champion and three-time world amateur king Zou Shiming.

Arum said Pacquiao and Marquez might as well forget about taking an interim fight before fighting each other for the fifth time in mid-September.

"I am trying to convince the two not to fight and just wait for September," said the 81-year-old Arum, stressing that Macau's low tax rates is an attractive option compared to the US.

"I am not saying that it will be held there but it's a big possibility," added Arum.

Shiming actually arrived in the US late Monday (Tuesday in the Philippines) and he will be assessed by Top Rank's chief matchmaker Bruce Trampler and trainers Freddie Roach and Miguel Diaz.

Arum said Shiming's opponent at the 15,000-capacity CotaiArena at the Venetian Hotel will be known in about two weeks.


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