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A pair of Thai boxing promoters and the Sports Writers Association of Thailand are publicizing their attempts to book Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao to face Muay Thai kickboxing legend Buakaw Por Pramuk at a boxing celebration for the king of Thailand's 85th birthday.
The Bangkok Post is reporting that a couple of Thai boxing promoters are pushing the notion of a bout between Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and Muay Thai kickboxing legend Buakow Por Pramuk.
Somchai Charoensombat, with the backing of the Sports Writers Association of Thailand and boxing promoter Narongwas Buamas, came up with the idea and presented it to Charin Suankaew, president of the King Rama IX The Great Foundation. Dr Charin is in charge of organising the annual boxing show.
His Majesty's 85th birthday will fall on Dec 5 but no date has yet been set for the match.
"No matter how much [money] Pacquiao demands this fight, we will make it happen," Mr Somchai said.
Mr Somchai said contracts will be signed on Thursday in Manila.
Pacquiao is already booked to rematch Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 8. Bad Left Hook is reporting 13,000 tickets have already been sold for that bout.
Pramuk has been a superstar without a sport since retiring from Muay Thai and kickboxing in June in the aftermath of an ugly legal dispute with his former gym and managers. Pramuk has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in what some hope will be an attempt to make it in MMA.
Let's file Pacquiao vs. Pramuk under "ambitious promoters manipulate press with unlikely story."