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Monday, March 18, 2013
Arum looking at Singapore

By Michael Woods

Brooklyn-born promoter Bob Arum hasn't had time to even contemplate lightening his load in the last few days.

He put together the fight which is the early lock for the 2013 Fight of the Year, Timothy Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov, which ran on HBO from California on Saturday night.

On Tuesday, Arum will be presiding over a press conference in Austin, Texas to announce that George Foreman, ex heavyweight champ and grill icon, will be entering the business as a promoter.

During a chat about the news that HBO wouldn't be buying fights from Golden Boy, I asked Arum about negotiations to pair up Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth time. They clashed in December, with the Mexican Marquez dropping and stopping Pacman in Vegas.

"Marquez didn't show at the Bradley-Provodnikov fight but he's coming on March 30 for the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight (in Las Vegas). And then Marquez and his wife are going with us to Macau."  Top Rank is putting on a card in Macau on April 6, topped by Chinese Olympian Zou Shiming, in his pro debut.

"To solidify a Pacquiao-Marquez fight in Macau would be the plan," the 81-year-old Arum said.

Does he have an idea where that fifth faceoff might unfold? "They've been doing a full court press at the Venetian in Singapore," he answered.