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Pacquiao versus Horn rematch likely confirmed soon, says Arum
August 18, 2017 / 12:22 AM / 3 months ago

Pacquiao versus Horn rematch likely confirmed soon, says Arum

(Reuters) - Manny Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum is “optimistic” a rematch between his fighter and Jeff Horn will be confirmed in the next few days, he told Reuters on Thursday.

Jan 19, 2016; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Boxing promoter Bob Arum speaks to the media during a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel to announce the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley, Jr boxing fight April 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Arum said the parties in Australia were eyeing a November date in the same Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane where Horn beat Pacquiao in controversial circumstances last month.

A temporary cover would be constructed at the outdoor arena to cover the ring and the first 10 rows of spectators, a precaution in case of rain, he said.

“Manny’s on board, Horn’s on board,” Top Rank promoter Arum said in a telephone interview.

“The parties in Australia are meeting the Queensland government authorities on Saturday and hopefully the meeting goes well.”

Philippine Senator and boxer Manny Pacquiao speaks during the Congressional confirmation hearing of Environment Secretary Regina Lopez at the Senate in Manila, Philippines May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Horn’s surprise welterweight victory over Pacquiao allowed the Filipino to trigger a rematch clause.

Many observers thought 38-year-old Pacquiao had clearly won and were outraged by the unanimous decision to Horn.

A World Boxing Organization scoring review later endorsed Horn as the rightful winner.

“I wasn’t outraged,” Arum said. “I thought it was very close.”

He added that the WBO would submit a list of three potential referees and 10 judges for the rematch, and that both camps would agree on which to use.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ian Ransom

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