Manny Pacquiao pulls out from a rematch against Jeff Horn expected on November 12 in Brisbane
Boxing great out of Philippines Manny Pacquiao and Australian Jeff Horn battled out for the WBO World welterweight title on July 2 in Brisbane. The result of the contest saw the representative of the country-host taking the decision as well as becoming a new title holder.
With a rematch clause in the contract Pacquiao has a chance to take the revenge against Horn as well as regain the belt. In August it was announced that their second bout was confirmed and scheduled for November 12 back at Suncorp Stadium.
However on Friday Pacquiao, who serves as a Senator of the Philippines, reportedly withdrew from the contest. The given reason is due to official visit to China on senatorial duties.
“Manny Pacquiao has decided that he will not be competing in a rematch with Jeff Horn in 2017,” said Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan. “On behalf of the Philippines government he will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight.”
Nevertheless Lonergan appears confident that the second bout beetwen Horn and Pacquiao will be held next year. As well, he declines any speculation that Pacquiao is “scared of Jeff Horn”.
“I don’t think for one second Manny Pacquiao is running scared of Jeff Horn. He has been in the ring with the greatest boxers of our generation, he’s not going to be inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame for ducking fights,” Lonergan said. “I just don’t think the timing suited him so we will look at other options. Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018, and a rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title.”