Pacquiao looks to end boxing career in Dubai--report

Manny Pacquiao is in Dubai for a PBA game.
PBA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

DUBAI--Manny Pacquiao gave boxing fans in the United Arab Emirates something to cheer about.

A report by Sport360 said that the former eight-division world boxing champion looks to have a fight, probably the last of his illustrious career, in the said emirate.

He even said that he and his team might start the pre-fight negotiations as soon as possible.

“I'd love to have a fight here in Dubai.... We are working on that,” Pacquiao, also the playing coach of PBA club Mahindra, said late Monday night upon the arrival of his basketball at the airport ahead of its Philippine Cup clash against Alaska on Saturday (Philippine Time).

Pacquiao's statement was indeed a good news for the people, especially Dubai Sports Council secretary general Saeed Hareb.

The top sports official said, “Dubai is looking for that, and if he wants it, we will sit and discuss it.”

Reports surfaced a few months before Pacquiao's recent match against Floyd Mayweather that some sports aficionados tried to bring the megabucks fight to Dubai.

However, the rumored talks appeared to died down, and the fight took place in Las Vegas on May 3 (Philippine Time), where Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao

While Pacquiao clarified that an opponent has not yet been chosen, he revealed that Amir Khan is among those he considers to take on.

Khan told The Hindu that Team Pacquiao has already reached out to him and his team.

The British pug said, “[The] talks are going really well. They are speaking to my team. I have just left it to my team. I [will] fight anybody who is brought in front of me. If it’s Manny Pacquiao, it’s Manny Pacquiao. If not, then [it's] somebody else. But we are still waiting for response on what’s going to happen."

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