Jeff Horn vs Manny Pacquiao: The fight dubbed as “Battle of Brisbane” took place at the Suncorp Stadium in front of 50,000 ecstatic fans. Unknown Jeff Horn went on to shock the boxing world when he defeated Manny Pacquiao with a unanimous decision in Australia while picking up the WBO Welterweight title – The scorecards read 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in favour of Horn.
A date has been set, a venue has been booked, but the rematch hangs in the balance as Pacquiao is having second thoughts. Report’s from the Philipinnes suggests Pacquiao want’s the rematch to take place in Manila rather than Brisbane.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan reacted angrily:
“To say he’s having second thoughts is pissing me off”
“If he carries on again, it would be my advice to move on and forget about him.
“We’ve already booked the venue for November 12.”
Bob Arum has taken it upon himself to travel to the Philippines to get a definite answer:
“A lot of it is about Manny’s senatorial duties and he’s not a youngster anymore”
“That was a very physical fight and he may feel like he needs more time to get ready.
“Whatever happens we’ll do a title defence for Jeff in November against a top welterweight in Brisbane.”
Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan later issued a statement.
“Two weeks ago Manny Pacquiao confirmed to Bob Arum of Top Rank that he wanted to exercise his option to rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight championship,” it said.
“November 12 was the date Pacquiao agreed to the rematch. Up until late this week that was the outcome Top Rank, DUCO promotions, TEQ and Brisbane marketing were working towards in good faith to achieve having the rematch in Brisbane late this week.
“When Bob Arum saw media reports out of the Philippines that representatives of Manny Pacquiao were trying to get the fight in Manila, Arum gave Manny Pacquiao until Saturday, August 26 to confirm that he would recommit to fighting in Brisbane.
“Pacquiao has yet is to reconfirm and as such now has put the Horn rematch in jeopardy.
“On that basis, Top Rank, DUCO promotions, Tourism Events Queensland and Brisbane marketing are now reassessing their options”
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