Manny Pacquiao should field intelligent to fulfill his senatorial tasks with plans for a four-fight farewell tour this yr.
His promoter Bob Arum stated: “We plan to have Manny fight four times this year – we have an offer in Russia in July, another offer in Europe for September and in the U.S. against [unbeaten two-belt junior-welterweight champion] Terence Crawford in November or December. That will be Manny’s last fight.”
Already, the 38-year-old welterweight has confirmed a battle with Australian Jeff Horn on April 23.
It has additionally been introduced by promoter Eddie Hearn at this time (Wednesday, January 11) that talks are underway for a bout with Britain’s Kell Brook at a while later within the yr.
Although the venue for the Horn battle is but to be confirmed, promoter Duco Events stated at this time that it may very well be in one in every of Australia’s main cities, probably Horn’s hometown of Brisbane. Alternatively, venues within the Middle East or the United States are being thought of.
“The preference for all parties is for the fight to be held in Australia, and we are working towards this outcome,” stated Duco director Dean Lonergan, who met with Top Rank chief Bob Arum this week to verify the battle.
Arum stated he wished the battle to be held at an out of doors stadium. The battle can be broadcast in about 160 international locations, timed to be proven at a prime-time Saturday night time slot within the USA on free-to-view tv.
“I would expect 3,000-4,000 Filipinos to fly from the Philippines for this fight down under,” Arum stated. “It will be the biggest fight in Australian history but, until the money is secured, we have to keep our options open, including looking at the Middle East and USA.”
It is a nine-hour flight from Manila to Brisbane.
Horn (16-Zero-1) is a 28-year-old former schoolteacher who fought on the 2012 London Olympic Games. He is ranked at quantity two by the WBO in his weight division. Pacquiao is the WBO champion in that division whereas additionally sitting within the senate.
Horn stated: “I feel in his last few fights I’ve seen some weaknesses that he has and I just think I can get those. I can beat him because I can see those weaknesses, I know Glen (his trainer, Glen Rushton) can see those weaknesses.”
Mr Rushton stated it could be a “tragedy” if the battle passed off anyplace aside from Brisbane. “We really hope the Queensland government and so forth will feel the same way. It just makes sense, but also for the future. This can reinvigorate boxing in Australia.”
Horn’s final battle was a knockout of South African veteran Ali Funeka in Auckland, New Zealand in December.
The fights are seemingly to assist the PNP attain its crime targets for 2017. As we describe right here, throughout Pacquiao’s battle towards Floyd Mayweather Jr in May 2015, there have been no recorded crimes inside Metro Manila in any respect. The similar phenomenon was observed throughout his fights towards Chris Algeiri in 2014 and Juan Manuel Marquez in each 2008 and 2011.