Macau Punches Above its Weight

Clash in Cotai II – the biggest battle of the world middleweight boxing championship (Photo: The Venetian Macao)

In recent years, large integrated resortshave presented world class events to Macau, providing an array of entertainment options appealing to different types of visitor – concerts, performances, awards ceremonies, exhibitions, carnivals and competitions of every stripe.

Fighter of the Decade and iconic Filipino Congressman Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao(56-4-3), boxing’s only eight-division world champion, returns to Macau to defend his WBO welterweight title against New York's undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0) on 23rd November in The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.

On the same card is one of China’s most revered pugilists, undefeated Top-Five flyweight contender Zou Shiming, who takes on Kwanpichit Onesongchaigymof Thailand over 12 rounds. Undefeated local favourites Top-Five super flyweight contender Rex Tsoandsuper welterweight prospect Kuok ‘The Macau Kid’ Kun Ng also glove up, while world champions Vasyl Lomacheko takes on Jessie Vargas, and Filipino super flyweight Mark Geraldo goes toe to toe with Jerwin Ancajas.

The event will be produced and distributed live to the U.S by HBO Pay-Per-View (Saturday, 22nd November) beginning at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s - and region’s - biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

Former soccer star David Beckham joined at the Macau ringside by a number of celebrity guests for Pacquiao’s fight last November.