Pacquiao picks Hawaii for next title bout

Michael Green
Michael Green

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Manny Pacquiao's next fight may not be against Floyd Mayweather, but local fans of the WBO Welterweight Champion and Filipino congressman may still have cause for celebration.

According to local defense attorney Michael Green, Pacquiao wants his next title bout to be staged in Hawaii. The islands are one of seven potential sites worldwide Team Pacquiao is considering, with the fight taking place in either 2012 or 2013. An opponent has not yet been discussed.

Green says that Pacquiao is more than familiar with his loyal following in Hawaii, and has sought the attorney's help in planning a fight in the islands, possibly at Aloha Stadium. Green says he plans to do research and crunch the numbers, but thinks a Pacquiao fight would sell out the venue.

Pacquiao is slated to visit the islands between November 19 and 21, ahead of a potential Hawaii fight and just a week after his highly anticipated November 12 bout with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

During that trip, Green is hopeful that several local high-profile officials, including Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, will help solidify the deal with such shows of support as offering the boxer a key to the city.

Pacquiao is also scheduled to attend a fundraiser at the Hilton Hawaiian Village during his visit.

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