EVO - Retired soccer star David Beckham declared himself "a huge fan" of boxer Manny Pacquiao on Friday (November 22) and said he was excited at the prospect of the Pacquiao versus Brandon Rios fight on Sunday (November 24).
Beckham is one of a number of celebrity guests in Macau for the fight, at the invitation of the casino where the bout is taking place. The former England captain is collaborating on community projects with the casino owner, U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
Beckham, who moved to the U.S.A. and Major League Soccer (MLS) after his glory days in European soccer, has already confirmed rumors that he is planning to start a new soccer team with MLS, based in Miami. But a formal announcement will come later.
The league has confirmed it is in discussions with Beckham but is awaiting a formal bid, including details of the city, the ownership group, and a stadium plan, which is expected before the end of the year.
Its 35 gaming houses are the only places where Chinese nationals are allowed to gamble in casinos, and revenues are soaring with Macau gaming revenues expected to be seven times those of Las Vegas this year.