Arum: Legally Obligated to Consider Brisbane First for Rematch

By Keith Idec

Manny Pacquiao would like for his rematch against Jeff Horn to take place in the Philippines.

Based on what was said after Australian underdog Jeff Horn upset him, however, it would appear Pacquiao might have to return to Australia for the chance to avenge his defeat. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter and Horn’s co-promoter, said during the post-fight press conference Sunday that their contracts stipulate that they would have to consider bringing a Horn-Pacquiao rematch to Australia before any other location.

“We do have a legal and also a moral obligation to consider Brisbane first, right, Dean, for a rematch?” Arum said, asking Dean Lonergan, Horn’s other co-promoter (Duco Events).


Pacquiao said repeatedly after suffering a controversial unanimous-decision defeat to Horn in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia, that he’ll exercise the rematch clause in his contract. When asked about traveling to Pacquiao’s homeland, where the legendary boxer also serves as a senator, for their rematch, the newly crowned WBO welterweight champion was noncommittal.

“Yeah, possibly,” Horn said. “Whatever. Whatever happens, happens. I don’t know.”

Horn also acknowledged Sunday that he would prefer for the rematch to take place in Australia. A crowd of 51,052 attended the Horn-Pacquiao fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and a rematch would figure to draw a comparable crowd to the outdoor rugby stadium.

“I don’t know,” Horn said. “I would rather, I guess if we can, get all the fights over here and have them in Australia, and have some big fights and make it alive over here again, boxing. So it’s up to Top Rank and Duco Events to kind of arrange and see what’s worth doing, with obviously the government of Australia behind us.”

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, wouldn’t have a problem preparing Pacquiao for a return trip to Brisbane.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t come back here,” Roach said. “I mean, the thing is I think we can draw another huge crowd. That’s good for boxing.”

The 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t fought in the Philippines since he won a 12-round unanimous decision over Oscar Larios in July 2006 in Quezon City. Each of the 29-year-old Horn’s 18 professional fights (17-0-1, 11 KOs) have taken place either in Australia or New Zealand.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 07-03-2017

[QUOTE=The Bobfather][B]Legally Obligated to Consider Brisbane First for Rematch[/B][/QUOTE] fill in the blanks..... (my wallet is) Legally Obligated to Consider (itself full, if we scam) Brisbane First for Rematch when will Pac fight at home..... ? the rematch will still…

Comment by elfag on 07-03-2017

[QUOTE=Bobby Shaw;17824677]Anyone who thinks this was a robbery knows nothing about boxing. Horn was aggressive and using his range and movement. Many hardly landed shots for the first 8 rounds. He had round 9 no doubt but Horn came back…

Comment by elfag on 07-03-2017

This manny - horn thing makes Arum more money than if crawford-manny was made. Crawford would win decisively, there wouldnt have been a demand for a rematch. This BS of manny getting shafted, rematch this nobody, this nobody is now…

Comment by Mike D on 07-03-2017

This is the funniest f**king sh*t ever. One of the legendary names in the history of the sport -- goes on the road to fight in a fighter's country that nobody on earth outside of Australia knew who the hell…

Comment by Schmerzen on 07-03-2017

why not just fight in horns backyard? and let his grill, mum & sister be the judges

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