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November 23, 2017

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Robin Leach in Macau: Venetian headliners Celine Dion and Manny Pacquiao


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Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner and Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion attend the closing-night party for IPW 2013 at Garden for the Gods pool at Caesars Palace on June 12, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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Manny Pacquiao hits undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley with a right during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Launch slideshow »

No sooner do I step off the long flight from Las Vegas to Macau, via Los Angeles and Taiwan, than I discover that Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian resort here has scored a double knockout with none other than Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

Celine will star in the Venetian Arena on the Cotai Strip on Nov. 8, resulting in Las Vegas promoter Bob Arum moving Manny’s next fight to Nov. 22. Bob says Manny’s new lucrative contract extension with Top Rank guarantees the WBO welterweight champion a $20 million to $30 million payday.

Manny regained the title with his 12-round decision over Timothy Bradley last month. Bob, who is here for the weekend HBO fights with Carl Froch vs. George Groves II and Nonito Donaire vs. Simpiwe Vetyeka, says he will meet with Manny and his team lead by Michael Koncz in the Philippines next week before returning home from Asia to discuss potential opponents.

More news from Bob next week!

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