SINGAPORE PROMOTER WANTS TO STAGE PACQUIAO FIGHT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Thu, 30 Nov 2006
Singapore boxing promoter John Leung wants to stage a fight card in Singapore headlined by Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao.
Leung who last week staged the highly successful WBF welterweight title fight in which Dondon Sultan scored a unanimous twelve round decision over Australian Eddie ?Psycho? Delic at the Suntec Convention Center said he would love to bring Asia?s leading boxer to Singapore to headline the card.
Leung said ?I would put in on a pay-per-view on a Sunday afternoon so we could satisfy the US market yet make it available for the Philippines.?
Leung said Pacquiao ?would fill the indoor stadium without a shadow of a doubt. It would be a huge event, exactly the sort of thing we are aiming to achieve.?
With two Singaporean fighters on the Sultan-Delic card titled ?Showdown in Singapore? and rave reviews from WBF president Mick Croucher as well as the media and fight fans who crowded the venue Leung?s tentative first step in a sport which was big in the 1940?s and 1950?s provided the impetus to stage bigger events.
John O?Brien of Reuters reported that last Saturday?s fights were well received and the mix of expatriates and locals attending ?were treated to some high-class boxing that often had them roaring on their feet and moved Croucher to remark it
was the best night of boxing he had witnessed as WBF president.?
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