Manny Pacquiao withdraws from potential rematch with Jeff Horn in November
Pacquiao lost to Horn by controversial decision early in July
The WBO welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn will have to wait, because Pacquiao has some relatively important plans. A Filipino senator, Pacquiao cited government duties that would interfere with the proposed Nov. 12 fight. Pacquiao was defeated by Horn on July 2 in an extremely controversial unanimous decision, seven rounds to three, a decision that Pacquiao challenged but was ultimately affirmed.
According to promoter Dean Longergan, however, the fight is far from off the table.
"On behalf of the Philippines government, [Pacquiao] will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight," he said. "Pacquiao is committed to fighting again in 2018 and a rematch with Jeff Horn for the WBO world welterweight title."
The first fight took place in Brisbane in front of 51,000 decidedly pro-Horn fans. Horn, an Australian himself, is a former schoolteacher that saw a meteoric rise, culminating in his face off with Pacquiao. The fight was re-scored independently, with three of the five judges ultimately awarding the fight for Horn (confirming his title).
Jesse Vargas, who lost to Pacquiao last year in Vegas, may end up challenging Horn for the belt, according to the promoters. Pacquiao, however, apparently has every intention of challenging the champ again next year.
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