Pacquiao Must Fight Horn In Australia Per Contract
Manny Pacquiao has not stepped foot in the ring since the unanimous decision loss to Jeff Horn in July of 2017. With the victory, Horn captured Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title, and the potential scorn of the boxing public and press.
Many view the outcome as controversial, with many experts disagreeing with the scores and stating that Pacquiao as the true winner of the contest.
Even though Pacquiao and his camp protested numerous times, the WBO conducted an investigation and issued a ruling that claimed that the scoring in favor of Horn was valid.
A rematch was scheduled to take place in November of this year, but Pacquiao withdrew, citing conflicts with his political career as a senator in the Philippines.
Pacquiao made it very clear to Bob Arum, president of Pacquiao’s promotion company, Top Rank, that he would never return to Australia for a rematch with Horn.
Even though this is a demand from the world renowned fighter, the contract signed by both fighters for July’s original fight gave Brisbane the first right of refusal to secure the rights to Pacquiao-Horn rematch, and the only site that has offered serious money to see the two face off once again.
On Monday, during a press conference with the media, Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan confirmed Brisbane had officially secured the rights to host the Australian’s rematch with Pacquiao.
Lonergan confirmed if Pacquiao finally did agree to a rematch, it could only take place in Brisbane.
“The only problem we do have is our good friend Mr Pacquiao who is never as easy we would like him to be… We will work with him for the next few months to get that fight down here.”
There has been radio silence from Pacquiao regarding his interest in a rematch with Horn. With Pacquiao feeling that the scoring may be bias for the hometown favorite, Horn; the chances of a rematch coming off is slim. In theory we might have seen the end of Manny Pacquiao, as he turns 39 this year, and could very well retire from the sport to focus on his political aspirations.