Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won't happen this year
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."