Them's fighting words from Quirk to Pacquiao promoter on Horn rematch

Gladys Abbott
August 21, 2017

Manny Pacquiao looks set for a rematch with Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane later this year, with the city's mayor confirming on Monday the fight will take place there. "It was the defender of the title going in to that bout who had the opportunity to have a rematch".

Horn, a former schoolteacher, became the WBO welterweight champion when he secured a twelve round unanimous decision over Pacquiao in one of the biggest upsets in recent memory on July 2 st the Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk had threatened to pull support for the fight unless he was reassured Horn would fight Pacquiao, and not someone else. 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 said in comments published by The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday.

It comes after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the government was in formal discussions to bring the rematch back to Brisbane.

It's believed the council spent over $1 million promoting the July fight.

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"We're fighting hard to get it, we're in Jeff Horn's corner, and it's about time the Lord Mayor made it clear, is he supporting this rematch or is he not?"

Queensland tourism minister Kate Jones said she was assured by the promoters that "absolutely Pacquiao is in".

On August 2, finance chairman Krista Adams said the fight was the gift that kept on giving and was more than the city could have hoped for.

"The Battle of Brisbane only happened with the strong financial support of Brisbane City Council", Quirk told The Courier Mail.

It was understood Cr Quirk would provide a statement following his meeting with Mr Lonergan.

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