Jeff Horn at the Australian Olympic Games boxing team announcement on April 2, 2012 at the AIS in Canberra.
Jeff Horn at the Australian Olympic Games boxing team announcement on April 2, 2012 at the AIS in Canberra. Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Pacquiao bows out of Brisbane rematch

THE Battle of Brisbane rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao is off.

Pacquiao, who controversially lost his world title to Horn in Brisbane in July, has pulled out of the fight to be held on November 12.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her Government was advised today Pacquiao would not be available for the fight.

"I am advised Mr Pacquiao, who is also a Senator of the Philippines, will have other commitments at that time," she said.

Palaszczuk said her Government would financially support Horn's welterweight championship defence.

"As WBO champion Jeff Horn has decided his championship defence will be in Brisbane," she said. "Whoever the challenger is, my Government will help arrange the meeting because it will be good news for Queensland."

The first Battle of Brisbane attracted more than 51,000 fans to Suncorp Stadium.

Ms Palaszczuk said the fight generated an estimated global audience of 500 million and provided a $25 million boost to the Brisbane economy.

"My Government will continue to liaise with Jeff and his managers on the championship defence," she said.

"We will also continue to work with Brisbane Marketing."

 

         
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