Uncertainty on fight deal for Pacquiao

SYDNEY • There is confusion over whether Manny Pacquiao's fight with Australia's Jeff Horn is on.

The promoters yesterday said "there is no event to be announced" until all contracts have been signed.

The Filipino world boxing champion's camp announced in Manila on Wednesday that Pacquiao would challenge undefeated Horn in Brisbane in July.

But the consortium backing the World Boxing Organisation welterweight title fight, including the Queensland state government and promoters Duco Events and Top Rank Boxing, were not ready to make a formal announcement.

"Until (the) process is completed, where all parties are contractually bound, there is no event to be announced," Duco said in a statement. "Media speculation has seen a lot of expectations created, and then dashed in months gone by with this event."

The Filipino's adviser, Michael Koncz, said in Manila on Wednesday that the 38-year-old would face Horn, 29, on July 2.

Despite Duco's caution, Pacquiao's camp said yesterday it was keen for a quick win over Horn to set up a higher-profile title fight with British boxer Amir Khan.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2017, with the headline 'Uncertainty on fight deal for Pacquiao'. Print Edition | Subscribe