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article imageOp-Ed: Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch in Dubai?

By Leo Reyes     Dec 13, 2015 in Sports
For a guaranteed sum of $200 million for Floyd Mayweather and $100 million for Manny Pacquiao plus an enticing offer from enterprising tycoons in UAE for the handlers of both camps, there is a possibility that the rematch could happen in Dubai next year.
It appears Pacquiao is still hoping he can have Mayweather for his farewell fight if his dillydallying on naming his next opponent for his penciled April 9 bout would be used as a basis for holding his decision in abeyance.
Mayweather's possible week-long stay in Dubai added fuel to fans' anticipation that indeed Mayweather is considering to face Pacquiao for the second time.
Maywether is now in Dubai (seemingly disguised as tourist) reportedly accompanied by an entourage of no less than 24 persons and they intend to stay for a few days at the famous Burj Khalifa's Armani hotel.
"Haven't been to the UAE in awhile so I decided to come get the Royal Treatment and take 24 people to Dubai to hang out for a few days," Mayweather posted on his Twitter page.
"I used to stay at The Burj Al Arab, 7 star hotel but now I'm at The Armani Burj Khalifa Hotel, the tallest building in the world!
In his late post, Mayweather said: "Somewhere in the U.A.E. getting that Arab oil money."
There are valid and compelling reasons why Mayweather and Pacquiao are looking for overseas venue for the proposed rematch and this could be the reason why Mayweather is traveling to Dubai.
First, there is no guarantee that a second fight being staged in the U.S. would still get the same enthusiasm from the fans because of the quality of the fight that both Pacquiao and Mayweather had given the fans in return for $100 they paid on pay-per-view (PPV) to see what was dubbed the "Fight of the Century," which took more than five years to make.
Secondly, there are pending lawsuits in various U.S. Courts against both Mayweather and Pacquiao arising out of the May 2 fight, which could scuttle the fight by way of protests and extrajudicial mass actions.
If Mayweather and Pacquiao can get a net takeout pay of $200 million and $100 million respectively (net of taxes and other fees), it will be like getting the same amount they both made in their first encounter. If Mayweather, who is a topnotch negotiator, can squeeze some more from the UAE side, it will be the best deal he will ever make on his way to being crowned the first boxing billionaire.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao has postponed his announcement to name his next opponent for the second time and has remained silent as to when he will make the final announcement.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has endorsed Terence Crawford and Timothy Bradley for Pacquiao's farewell fight scheduled for April 9 but he has yet to hear from the Filipino boxing superstar.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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