Horn's Promoter: Pacquiao's Win Proves He's Not Past It!

Jeff Horn's dream of a Manny Pacquiao rematch appears unlikely to come to fruition, with the Filipino great eyeing a return to the US and his own management inching closer to a deal to fight Anthony Mundine.

Pacquiao made an emphatic comeback to the ring on Sunday, scoring his first stoppage victory in nearly a decade with a seventh-round knockout of Argentine Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA regular welterweight championship.

It was his first outing since losing his WBO title to Horn in Brisbane in July last year.

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Horn was quick to ask for a rematch via social media but judging by the post-fight reactions of Pacquiao, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and Duco Events boss Dean Lonergan, he won't get his wish - at least not this year.

Arum no longer promotes Pacquiao, who staged the Matthysse event through his own promotional company, but wants to pit him against one of Top Rank's main drawcards, Terence Crawford or Vasyl Lomachenko.

The 39-year-old is reluctant to return to Australia given the controversial circumstances that surrounded his defeat to Horn.

"Manny is the guy who would produce the lion's share of the pay-per-view, so it's really his call," Arum said.

"Whichever fight he chooses to do will be extraordinary."

Meanwhile, talks are progressing between Lonergan and Mundine's advisors Emad Dib and Adam Houda over a proposed clash with Horn later this year.

It shapes as an ideal way for Horn to rebound from his humbling defeat to Crawford last month, although it would do nothing to advance the 30-year-old's hopes of putting himself back into the world title picture.

However, it could net Horn as much as $4 million if figures floated by Mundine's camp are to be believed.

"Things can change on a whim for god knows what reason in boxing, so I wouldn't rule out a Jeff Horn vs Manny Pacquiao fight at some stage," Lonergan told AAP.

"But we are deep in discussions with the Mundine camp.

"There's a good likelihood (it will happen), but let's wait and see. You just never know."

Lonergan said Pacquiao's victory underlined the magnitude of Horn's achievement at Suncorp Stadium.

"What it does do is it puts in perspective Jeff's win last year. It proved Pacquiao's not past it, like a lot of people were saying," he said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by revelated on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=Scopedog;18947354]He's done that only twice in the last decade.[/QUOTE] Three. You know Mosley lost against Mora.

Comment by Scopedog on 07-18-2018

[QUOTE=revelated;18946749]Manny is known for fighting guys fresh off losses.[/QUOTE] He's done that only twice in the last decade.

Comment by revelated on 07-17-2018

[QUOTE=Scopedog;18944916]I don't think Horn beating Pac was a fluke at all, but I definitely think that if he shows up with a decent gameplan (ie. doesn't allow Roach to crawl back into his corner) and has the fight outside of…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 07-17-2018

[[email protected];18944889]Nobody believed you son, but a handful of aussies out there...even kangaroos in your homeland have doubts horney won. Horney cannot defend even once the belt he was gifted for your thoughts anyways.[/QUOTE] Sorry son the history books tell…

Comment by Scopedog on 07-17-2018

I don't think Horn beating Pac was a fluke at all, but I definitely think that if he shows up with a decent gameplan (ie. doesn't allow Roach to crawl back into his corner) and has the fight outside of…

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