Manny Pacquiao to decide the proposed fight against Jeff Horn in Australia.
The next fight of Filipino Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2) is still in works. The Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is targeting the great boxer to appear inside the ring in July and November. The originally expected bout against Australian Jeff Horn on April 23 in Brisbane didn’t go ahead. The following announced bout against British Amir Khan on May 20 in UAE was also cancelled.
After the challenge with Khan in UAE was annulment it was expected that the encounter with Horn in Australia would be immediately reanimated. However mid last week LA Times advised that the “attempts to revive such talk after the collapse of the Khan deal failed.”
Nevertheless Manila Bulletin reports on Wednesday that the Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has given Pacquiao the 48-hour ultimatum to decide “whether he is going to fight or not on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia” against 16-fight undefeated Jeff Horn. The sentence is the WBO welterweight title defense for Pacquiao at the Suncorp Stadium. Arum is in contact with Pacquiao through his adviser Mike Koncz of Canada.
“They have to make a decision by Wednesday [Thursday in Australia],” Arum said yesterday from Los Angeles. If we can’t get a fight for him this July, we’ll look at November. Unless it’s a big fight, we are looking at Manny fighting outside the US.”
For the Pacquiao fight in November, Arum considers Amir Khan, Adrien Broner and Terence Crawford. In addition, the proposals to host the bout in Qatar and South Africa are also reportedly in place.