The fight of the century, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, could happen in paradise.
Las Vegas, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York have all been mentioned as sites for the mega-bout, but don't count out the Pineapple State.
Michael Green, a Hawaiian based attorney, is working to bring boxing's showcase to Hawaii. Green tells KGMB that he has a signed letter from Pacquiao and his attorney that shows the boxers interest in fighting in Hawaii in 2012 or 2013. Of course that fight could pit Pacman against anyone, but Green is angling to make it a fight with Mayweather.
Aloha Stadium, the home of University of Hawaii football and the Pro Bowl, would be the likely venue. A crowd of over 60,000 could pack the stadium for Pacman v. Money.
The large Filipino community on the Hawaiian islands is a big selling point to get Pacquiao to bring the fight to the Aloha State, according to Green. More than 42,000 Filipino-American residents live in Honolulu, making it the largest Filipino population in America.
Green believes Mayweather and Pacquiao could each earn $100 million guaranteed for the big event. Others are skeptical on the Aloha State's chances. Longtime boxing judge and referee Herbert Minn isn't sure the people on the islands can afford the prize fight. "I don't think there's enough people in Hawaii who can pay ringside, $2,000 to $3,000 a seat," he said.
While the economy is bad for just about everyone, Green feels that fans from around the world would happily make the long flight to Hawaii for the much-anticipated showdown.
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