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Pacquiao-Horn: Funding Pulled Until Manny Commits To Rematch

Brisbane City Council has for now withdrawn its financial support for a rematch between Australian WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.

The man who holds the purse strings, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, has told News Corp Australia that he wants confirmation from promoters that Pacquiao has signed on for the fight before he commits to marketing the event.

"The Battle of Brisbane only happened with the strong financial support of Brisbane City Council," Cr Quirk said. "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.

"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. We don't know at this time and I'm withdrawing any financial support until Manny fronts up and tells us his intentions."

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It is believed the council spent over $1 million promoting the July fight where Horn won the world title.

Horn shocked Pacquiao with a twelve round unanimous decision last month at the SunCorp Stadium in Brisbane - where the rematch is being targeted for a tentative date of November 11.

After Pacquiao had lost there was confusion on whether or not Pacquiao would retire from the sport or exercise his rematch clause.

While Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has stated on the record that his boxer is going forward with the rematch - the eight division world champion has yet to officially announced that he exercised his rematch clause or that he's fighting in November with Horn.

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, would like to see his boxer retire or go forward with one final match - a showdown with Horn.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 08-21-2017

Retire Manny horn is the only one you may have a chance against if you happen to beat him the second time look who you have to fight I can Name 6 or 7 guys off the top of my…

Comment by NYG on 08-21-2017

[QUOTE=MrRolltide91;17967278]Lol right.....[/QUOTE] You want Floyd's career or Manny's? Manny gets pimped out by Arum

Comment by MrRolltide91 on 08-21-2017

[QUOTE=NYG;17966960]Cool, Floyd is going out with a win and 100+ million while Pac is being fed to younger fighters. Lol. Pac might have a trilogy with Jeff Horn. Jeff ****ing Horn man[/QUOTE] Lol right.....

Comment by OmarRueben on 08-21-2017

Horn is the new fresh face that boxing craves. A good looking intelligent articulate no tattoo respectful white kid. Boxing needs more Jeff Horns and less of the other stuff the permeates and rots and diseases up boxing today.

Comment by NYG on 08-21-2017

[QUOTE=trainhard_187;17966306]Whats Hilarious about it? First Ballot Hall of Famer EASY. 8 Div Champ... Fought the best of them, never cried for a blood test even with Marquez who worked with Heredia.. Morales 3x MAB 2x Marquez 4x DLH Hatton Cotto…

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