The Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios matchup at Venetian Cotai Arena on Nov. 24 in Macau will be Asia’s largest purse for a boxing event that would surpass the Mike Tyson- James “Buster Douglas heavyweight 1990 title fight in Tokyo, Japan, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday.
The broadsheet newspaper quoted Bob Arum, chief executive officer(CEO) and founder of promoters Top Rank as saying the Pacquiao-Rios bout for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title would surpass those numbers from 1990 in terms of purse, TV viewership and interest. “It will be by far the biggest purse in Asia,” Arum said.”I expect Manny to make approximately $20 million and Rios $4 million. There’s no question it will be the biggest boxing fight in Asia ever,” Arum saaid.
Douglas beat Tyson on Feb. 10, 1990 at the Tokyo Dome in one of boxing’s biggest upsets in fight history when the then 42-1 underdog knocked out “Iron Mike” who banked $6 million while Douglas made $1.3 million.
The SCMP further added that Edward Tracy, chief executive of co-promoters Sands China, declared the Pacquiao-Rios fight had generated keen interest and the state-run CCTV will broadcast the event to about 300 million viewers across China.
“From a sporting viewpoint, this event will probably be the biggest event since the Beijing Olympics [in 2008]. We are expecting [a capacity crowd]of around 12,000 spectators,” Tracy added.
Fight undercard features China’s two-time Olympic gold medalist, Zou Shiming, who will fight Mexico’s Juan “Pollo” Toscano, while Hong Kong’s unbeaten “wonder kid” 26-year-old Rex Tso Sing-yu, will fight 22-year-old Thai Susu Sithjadaeng (7-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round super flyweight matchup.