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Pacquiao to fight outside the United States

ESPN staff
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Manny Pacquiao last fought in December against Juan Manuel Marquez © PA Photos
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Manny Pacquiao will make his return to the ring outside of the United States because of tax reasons, according to the fighter's spokeswoman.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum recently confirmed the welterweight would fight in September as Pacquiao faces re-election as congressman in his native Philippines. Arum also maintained the bout would likely be held in either Macau or Singapore; a statement that has been repeated by Rose Tamayo, the Filipino's spokeswoman.

"The fight is definitely in September. We will talk about the opponent and the place after the 13 May elections," Tamayo said. "Manny wants to fight outside the United States because of the taxes.

"Singapore is one of the top places for consideration. There is also Macau and Dubai."

While no opponent has been confirmed, Arum has hinted to a potential fifth bout between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. 'Pac Man' leads the series of fights 2-1, but Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in December which led to questions over the 34-year-old's future.

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, who defeated Pacquiao to win the title last June, has also been touted as a possible opponent, as has fellow Top Rank fighter Brandon Rios.

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