Manny Pacquiao has signed the contract to fight Jeff Horn in Australia.
Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) is currently in his third reign as the WBO World welterweight champion. This week he has signed the contract for his next bout in defense of the title. The boxing great out of Philippines is fighting Australian Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs). The championship is held on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The pair was originally announced for April 23 but the challenge didn’t go ahead. Instead, Pacquiao was looking to square off with British Amir Khan on May 20 in the UAE. However that contest didn’t happen either, due to the promised funds remaining unseen.
The Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has been always skeptical in regards to the UAE deal with Khan. But the Hall of Famer has indeed put together the contest against Horn on Australian soil. Khan remains considered as a potential opponent for Pacquiao for October or November.
The adviser of Manny Pacquiao, Michael Koncz told foxsports.com.au over the phone that his fighter has signed the bout against Horn on Wednesday. However the latter has not been a preferable opponent for the next bout of Filipino due to the level of his notability on the world scene.
“Jeff wasn’t our first preference, it was Amir Khan,” said Koncz. “That didn’t work out and we had this on the table so we decided to take it.”
“Manny will train and do the best he can and hopefully we get the fight over with very quickly. We get out of there, say hi to the Australian fans and media and come home.”
“It’s all done, it’s finished. It’s done.”
“I’m hoping and I’m certain that Australia will, that’s very important and it’s important for Manny to go there and give a good showing to his Australian fans and the Australian people in general. Whether the American public or people gets behind it, I don’t know.”
In addition, Koncz reflects on the Poll posted on Twitter in February. Amir Khan received 48% of votes. Jeff Horn received 7%.
“My reputation was on the line, of course I’m a little disappointed. Because we did a poll and [Pacquiao-Khan was] what the people wanted to see.”
“Quite frankly and honestly, I’ve got nothing against Jeff Horn. I’ve never met the kid, I don’t know him personally. But the name recognition, I guess, is why the fans picked Amir Khan.”
“I was just trying to give the fans what they wanted. It didn’t work out and thank goodness Jeff was still on the table, so we decided to it.”
Who do you want me to fight next in the UAE?
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 12, 2017