Pacquiao was named fighter of the decade for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He is a world champion in 8 weight divisions.

Pacquiao, who is in Manila, cannot make the awards (Laureus World Sportsman) because he is due to fly to the US on Wednesday for an itinerary that includes a private meeting with the US president, Barack Obama.

However, he seems keen to take a flight to Abu Dhabi from Manila. But organising his last fight in the UAE is a real headache.

After Pacquiao fights Shane Mosley in Las Vegas on May 7, the deal for him to fight in Singapore is “90% done”, although no date has been agreed” added his Canadian adviser, Mr Koncz.

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The date of that match could determine when the boxer could fight in the UAE.

There are 425,000 Filipinos employed in the United Arab Emirates, but it looks like his next fight is in Singapore.

His adviser is organising and negotiating with people in Singapore. Is there a reason for this?

Why Singapore first rather than Abu Dhabi?

Surely the boxer himself should have the right to choose where he prefers to fight!?

Is there something which can’t be revealed?