Former Champion Manny Pacquiao Pulls Out of Rematch Against Jeff Horn

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Jeff Horn of Australia and Manny Pacquiao exchange punches during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Former boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has sensationally pulled out of a welterweight rematch with Australian Jeff Horn, who stunned the boxing world when he defeated the Filipino in July.

Former Champion Manny Pacquiao Pulls Out of Rematch Against Jeff Horn 1
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 02: Jeff Horn of Australia and Manny Pacquiao exchange punches during the WBO World Welterweight Title Fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.

Pacquiao, 38, is said to have “other commitments” at the time of the rescheduled bout on 12 November.

Horn, a 29-year-old former schoolteacher, was given a unanimous 12-round decision in Brisbane. The World Boxing Organization reviewed the result with a new set of judges, who still favoured Horn for the win.Former Champion Manny Pacquiao Pulls Out of Rematch Against Jeff Horn 2The Queensland state government, who are financial backers for the fight, say they will continue to support Horn’s WBO world welterweight title defence, whoever the challenger is. Pacquiao, now senator of the Philippines, announced he planned to quitboxing last year to pursue his political ambitions. His coach, Freddie Roach, advised him to call time on his career after the defeat to Horn, but Pacqiuao wanted the rematch.Former Champion Manny Pacquiao Pulls Out of Rematch Against Jeff Horn 3Photo Credit: Getty

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