Lord Mayor Graham Quirk withdraws any financial support until Manny Pacquiao fronts up and tells his intentions
Filipino Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) and Australian Jeff Horn (17–0–1) fought on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium. The 12-round bout headlined “The Battle of Brisbane” with the decision going in favor of the representative of the country host. As a result the latter became a new World Boxing Organization welterweight champion.
With a rematch clause in the contract a former title holder has a chance to take a revenge. Their second bout is expected in the near future back in Australia.
Over 1 million dollars has been reportedly spent on the original Pacquiao vs Horn encounter backed by the Brisbane city council. On Monday FOX Sports reports that the financial support for a rematch has been withdrawn, until an eight-division world champion out of Philippines is “definitely” facing off Australian for the second time.
“The Battle of Brisbane only happened with the strong financial support of Brisbane City Council,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk told News Corp Australia. “I need to know we definitely have a fighter coming from the Philippines to fight Brisbane’s world champion Jeff Horn. And I need to know that fighter is Manny Pacquiao.”
In addition to The Sweet Science, Manny Pacquiao serves as a Senator of the Philippines. According to his coach Freddie Roach he wants to become President. The Hall of Fame trainer would also like to see Pacquiao retire after his rematch with Horn, if it happens.
“I’m not going to shadow box the fight promoters. I want some straight answers to the question of is Manny in the boxing ring in Brisbane in November or is he in retirement,” said Cr Quirk. “We don’t know at this time and I’m withdrawing any financial support until Manny fronts up and tells us his intentions.”