Bob Arum confirms Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn.
Boxing match Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn has been reportedly signed for July 2 at Suncorp Stadium. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told LA Times on Tuesday that “people have agreed on essential points” and the deal is being finalized.
“We’re slowly finishing up the deal to fight. People have agreed on essential points,” said Arum. “Paperwork takes time, particularly when it’s not the usual thing of getting it done in the United States.”
Arum has also mentioned the involved parties apart of the camps of the fighters. This includes Queensland Government which is understood as the major financial donor and local promoter in Australia.
“We’re dealing with an Australian promoter, the state government. Here, in this case, you’ve got to cross the T’s and dot the I’s, and that’s what we’re in the process of doing.”
As a result the WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) is expected to face off the 2012 London Olympian of Australia Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) in defense of the belt. The bout was originally announced to happen this month but fell off due to another proposed fight, Pacquiao vs Khan in the UAE the following month. The latter neither went ahead due to the promised funds to back the fight remained unseen.
Pacquiao v Horn: “Everybody is moving ahead to get it done,” Bob Arum
The Pacquiao vs Horn bout has been criticized, as the Australian fighter is much less internationally known than other boxers such us Terence Crawford and Adrien Broner. Although confident it is also understood that Horn has never faced any one of Pacman’s caliber. However the hall of fame promoter Arum said that “there is nobody objecting the deal” as well as pointed out a number of reasons for the Pacquiao vs Horn bout to happen if it happens in Down Under.
“The last I knew, guys like Broner and Crawford weren’t Aussies. Horn is an Aussie. There’s government behind it,” said Arum. “They want the fight. They wanted Manny Pacquiao. Essentially, to buy the cheese, they wanted Pacquiao against this Aussie fighter.”
“There’s nobody objecting to the deal. Everybody is moving ahead to get it done.”