Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won't happen this year
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 01, 2017 02:13 PM
Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines and Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao won't box Jeff Horn in a rematch of their WBO world welterweight title fight this year because the Filipino senator will be busy with government duties.
Pacquiao's unavailability for a proposed Nov. 12 bout was announced Friday by Australian promoters of the fight.
Horn beat Pacquiao in a contentious unanimous decision in Brisbane on July 2. Pacquiao at the time said he wanted a rematch.
But local promoter Dean Lonergan says "on behalf of the Philippines government, he (Pacquiao) will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight ... Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018 and a rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title."