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Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao was in Dubai taking part in his Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League this weekend. He spoke to DubaiLad post-match and revealed that he’s, “Hoping to use this opportunity to speak with the government in the UAE to discuss a fight here”.

Potential opponents for Pacquiao

When asking the Senator if he could potentially face Floyd Mayweather in the Middle East, he said,

“Floyd has so many demands to bring the fight here, it’s giving the government and promoters a hard time”.

Manny Pacquiao

The boxing legend also mentioned, “We’re working on whoever my opponent is to bring the fight here [UAE]”.

Here’s what the man himself had to say:

In previous years, Amir Khan was mentioned as a prospective opponent for a fight in the UAE with the eight-weight world champion. However, that match-up never materialized.

A potential venue to host the fight could be the recently opened 17,000 capacity Coca Cola Arena in Dubai. The arena has seen big names such as Westlife, Tony Robbins, Maroon 5 and Russell Peters host major events since its inception in June 2019

Manny Pacquiao stuns Dubai fans with his basketball skills

During this visit, the 40-year-old commanded much of the spotlight in Dubai for a different reason. Taking part in his own Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, hosted by DJMC Events, he scored an admirable 35 points in a close-fought game on Friday and 42 points in Saturday’s game to take victory over Dubai All Stars DJMC

The tournament also featured basketball pros like Davao Occidental Tigers star Mark Yee, former MBA star Chris De Jesus, University of the East standout Arnold Booker and many more.

“We came here to entertain them more than anything and I hope we were able to do so. I’m very thankful for their warm welcome and to the government of Dubai for their great hospitality.”

Manny Pacquiao
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