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Arum: Pacquiao won't fight in US

ESPN staff
January 22, 2013

Manny Pacquiao no longer wants to fight in the United States due to the high tax rates applied to his purses, according to promoter Bob Arum.

The former eight-division world champion has fought almost half of his 61 career fights in the US and the vast majority since 2001, including his devastating knockout defeat by Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas in December.

But when discussing a possible fifth showdown with the Mexican in April, Arum ruled out the Filipino's return to the US, with Macao and Singapore being considered as alternative hosts for the fight.

"He doesn't want to fight in the United States. How come? Because he'd have to give close to 40% to the government.

"I mean you know, it's getting ridiculous," Arum continued. "As far as Manny is concerned, and Marquez, they would prefer that the fight not be in the United States.

"That's what happens when you raise taxes and you say, well, let the rich pay and so forth. Boxers are in the category where they are rich. It was bad enough paying 35 and now they're paying 40%. Enough is enough.

"These big foreign fighters don't want to fight in the United States."

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