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Manny Pacquiao has been involved in the national political scene in the Philippines. Robyn Beck / AFP
Manny Pacquiao has been involved in the national political scene in the Philippines. Robyn Beck / AFP

Manny Pacquiao plans boxing return in Macau

Eight-division champion from the Philippines wants to continue fighting, says promoter Bob Arum.

Manny Pacquiao's promoter says the eight-division champion will return to the ring on November 24, fighting Brandon Rios in a welterweight bout in Macau.

Bob Arum told The Associated Press that Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) has been focused exclusively on his political career in the Philippines since his sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.

But Arum said the 34-year-old Pacquiao also wants to keep fighting. His team chose Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) to be Pacquiao's next opponent because of the former lightweight champion's brawling style, which should lead to an exciting fight.

Pacquiao has lost two straight fights after a 15-bout winning streak, also dropping a much-disputed decision to Timothy Bradley last year.

"We want to get the people a really good, exciting action fight," Arum said. "[Rios] is an exciting fighter, so it's a good match-up."

Although Marquez left him face-down on the canvas in his last bout, the 34-year-old Pacquiao chose Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) to be his next opponent because of the former lightweight champion's hard-hitting, crowd-pleasing style. Pacquiao's camp has also claimed Marquez and Bradley both turned down potential rematches with Pacquiao to fight each other September 14 in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao's choice for his fight's location is just as intriguing as his choice of opponent. Pacquiao, who has not fought outside the United States since July 2006, will fight in the CotaiArena at Macau's Venetian Resort Hotel in an attempt to appeal to the nascent Chinese pay-per-view market.

"We think it opens a tremendous market in China because it enables us to do pay-per-view there in ways that we haven't done before," Arum said.

Arum said Pacquiao hopes to improve the overall popularity of boxing in Asia while also reaping the significant tax benefits of fighting outside the US. His fight will be held on a Sunday morning in Macau to keep the Saturday night pay-per-view audience in North America.

Arum and the Venetian are planning regular shows at the venue after the success of a card starring Chinese two-time Olympic champion Zou Shiming in April.

Zou is expected to headline another show in Macau in July.

US-born Rios's unbeaten record was blemished March 30 when he lost a unanimous decision in his rematch with fellow brawler Mike Alvarado, but his popularity only increased in a compelling bout filled with wild exchanges and head-first fighting.

Rios also is promoted by Arum's Top Rank, putting him in prime position to land the biggest fight of his career when Marquez and Bradley did not bite.

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