Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane secures the rights to host Pacquiao-Horn boxing rematch in November. It beats major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. The guarantee to pay Manny Pacquiao’s talent fee win or lose was its packed 55,000-seat Suncorp Stadium last July 2. However, Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said that they have an agreement with MP Productions to hold the event at the Philippine Arena in December.
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[VIDEO]: The new WBO world welterweight champion Jeff Horn received a ticker tape parade and was presented with the key to the city in Brisbane on Thursday (6th July).
The DOT eyes December 9 as the fight date. It is a week before the birthday of the boxing legend. It agrees with the MP Productions thereby disputing Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s announcement that the boxing rematch for Brisbane is on in November.
“I have had a meeting earlier today which has confirmed that Manny Pacquiao will definitely be in Brisbane this year for a rematch with Jeff Horn,” Quirk had said. Quirk added that Brisbane Marketing, the city council’s major events subsidiary negotiations with promoters Top Rank and Duco Events.
Beating a Boxing Legend
Horn shocks the world with a controversial victory over the heavily-favored Pacquiao last July 2. The former eight division champion and Senator is referred to as the nice guy of the boxing arena. Even the audience in Brisbane applauded him when he accepts his defeat like a gentleman contrary to the complaints made by many boxing experts that he should have won.
Nothing More to Prove
Horn’s camp may be right saying that you have to be a legend to beat one. Can’t please everybody. All they need to do is to prepare for the next big event. The Senator has reached a point that he does not have to prove himself anymore as a boxer. Perhaps, just to say that despite his retiring age in the ring, he is still on par with the rising new generation champions.
Top Rank Promotion chief Bob Arum said the rematch between Australian Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao might happen later this year. Arum now coordinates with Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz in the United States. Arum explained that they have not yet decided on the venue of the rematch. Since Pacquiao is also a Senator, the boxing rematch with Horn must happen during a recess of the Senate.
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[VIDEO]: Dati na raw binalaan ni Top Rank promoter Bob Arum si Manny Pacquiao tungkol sa galing at lakas ni Jeff Horn
“We’re trying to figure out when will be the recess of the Senate is. So, we can schedule the fight accordingly. We have to first find out what dates are available. Then, we will decide where we are going to hold the rematch but most probably in Australia again,” Arum said.
No Problem with Arum
Pacquiao denied rumors that he’s not in good terms with the Top Rank Promoter. “I don’t have any problem with Arum. It was the referee and the judges, who had problems during the fight. I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” said Pacquiao.
Arum said throughout the Pacquiao-Horn fight preparation that the Australian posed a real threat to the Filipino champion. “They had this perception that they fed him, that he was going there to pick up a paycheck, that Horn wasn’t a credible fighter. And the more I told them that, the more they disbelieved me because they thought I was saying that to sell tickets. I’m not selling tickets to them,” said Arum.
Pacquiao to Decide
There is a rematch clause in Pacquiao ‘s contract with Arum but he said but it’s only Pacquiao can say if he wants the rematch, or whether he wants to fight again. Both Horn and the Filipino fighter already said after the fight that they are open to the rematch. Pacquiao has no problem to do it again in Australia where he was warmly welcomed by the Australians.
Great Filipino Boxer and Senator Manny Pacquaio never have a single ill word against the victorious, Jeff Horn after their boxing fight in Brisbane. He admits the referee’s partiality, Horn’s rough style but respects the decision that made Australians admire him too. His fan base worldwide is so huge that any unfavorable verdict against him is subject to social media bashing. This is a true measure of his popularity.
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[VIDEO]: Sa kabila ng ilang panawagang magretiro na, di pa rin desidido si Manny ”Pacman” Pacquiao kung tuluyan nang magpapaalam sa boxing.
It was a rough, physical fight for Pacquiao who receive much pressure from the head bangs and elbow blows of Horn. He is also correct that referee Mark Nelson did not do enough to stop Horn’s “dirty” tactics. Horn was uber-aggressive and threw elbows and forearms. He also initiated plenty of physical contact with Pacquiao. Nelson can handle it better but he did not. No warnings from him at all which is supposedly his job.
Social Media Bashing
Pacquiao has the most loyal fan base in the world. Some fans are often so blindly loyal they can’t accept that he can lose. Timothy Bradley admitted a few years ago that he almost committed suicide after the trolls and online harassment he received from Pacquiao fans. This is after his controversial win over Pacquiao in 2012. Pacquiao’s use of the phrase “set up” in the recent fight with Horn is troubling. This is why he felt the need to step in and recognizes Horn’s toughness that contributes to his victory.
That fight was called a robbery in favor of Pacquiao. The online harassment of Horn and his pregnant wife has begun. As a God-fearing man, Pacquiao cannot allow this. He knows quite well what happened to Bradley in the past. His fans would always root for him. He, therefore, made a public statement quickly – telling people that such “dirty” tactics are acceptable in boxing – for as long as the referee knows how to control it. He also explained what he meant by “set up.”
Pacquiao certainly knows the importance of the Australian market for the boxing industry. The Battle of Brisbane held at Suncorp Stadium was the biggest fight ever in Australia. It was overwhelmingly profitable in terms of turnouts and sponsorships. Despite losing, Pacquiao has a guaranteed payment of $10 M vs Horn’s $ 0.5 M. The Filipino fighter also does not need to prove anything anymore. He has made a lot of money and got the respect of most boxing enthusiasts and experts. As a philanthropist, he wants to preserve the integrity of boxing and urges fans not to bash the boxers but the glitches in the process to improve any anomalous systems. He’s also looking forward to the rematch later this year.
The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws which is not the case in Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn fight. This is the reply of World Boxing Organization on GAB’s letter that highlights the miscalls of the referee that even Manny Pacquiao said that he is obviously protecting Horn.
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[VIDEO]: The Philippine Games and Amusement Board requests a review of the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight in Brisbane, Australia on July 2
Outrage on Social Media
Fans express their outrage at the decision on Horn’s victory over Pacquiao. They flood social media with their displeasure. This prompted the Philippine Games and Amusements Board to reach out to the World Boxing Organization. It is the sanctioning body that supervised the Pacquiao-Horn title clash.
Decision is Final
The Games and Amusements Board Facebook page state that GAB Chairman Abraham Mitra, along with commissioners Eduard Trinidad and Matthew Gaston, sent an email to WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. They asked for a ‘thorough review’ of the Pacquiao-Horn fight.
No Question on Horn’s Win
Pacquiao respects the decision but insists that GAB’s letter should get an explanation of WBO on the fight’s decision to preserve the dignity of boxing. WBO only responded to emphasize that the only time a referee or judge’s decision can be reversed is in the case of a violation or fraud. This is not the case in the Pacquiao-Horn match, they said.
Victory for Surpassing Low Expectations
Pacquiao lost to Horn on the scorecards 117-111, 115-113, 115-113. Referee Mark Nelson nearly stopped the fight after Horn got a lot of damage from Pacquiao. A controversial video went viral on this one over the internet. Horn became the new WBO welterweight world champion in the end that discouraged multitudes of boxing fans. Well, sportsmanship is gone. Boxing is clearly just for entertainment.
Only the camp of the new WBO Welterweight title holder, Jeff Horn and some Australians, of course, are convinced that it was not a “robbery” win for him as claimed by many boxing personalities. However, they already said no to a Manila rematch but the new champ is ready to defend his title anywhere but not in the Philippines.
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[VIDEO]: Jeff Horn wins unanimously against Manny Pacquiao…HOW THE HELL??? Oh, and Stephen A. Smith does not agree with this at all.
Sports journalists, basketball stars players, fellow professional boxers and popular actors aired their sentiments via Twitter after the shocking decision that Horn won the fight. They are unanimous in declaring that Pacquiao got robbed in his opponent’s country, Australia.
Horn snatched the WBO welterweight title from Manny Pacquiao at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Horn won with scores of 117-111 and 115-113. Pacquiao said that there are many miracles that happened. Like the referees’ biased actions and the decision itself. However, he does not plan to make an appeal so as not to ruin the name of boxing. He is leaving that to the people.
Double Boxing Robbery
Sports writer Robert Flores of ESPN said the scores for the Pacquiao-Horn fight were “terrible.” “Manny is robbed twice,” he said. He refers to the earlier fight with Timothy Bradley as the first robbery. “Manny Pacquaio got robbed… Ridiculous,” the former American football tight end George Wrighster III also said.
Pacquiao is Clear Winner
Filipino fighter Brian Viloria admitted that the match was tight but disagreed with the unfavorable decision against Pacquiao. “Close fight, but Pacquiao won that fight,” Viloria said. “I love the sport. But sometimes it kicks you in the teeth when you least expect it,” he added. NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota Timberwolves and retired NBA star of Los Angeles Lakers player, Kobe Bryant, plus actor Samuel Jackson were all disappointed over the fight like many Filipinos.