Manny Pacquiao confident rematch with Jeff Horn will take place in the Philippines

Filipino suffered a shock defeat to the Australian in Brisbane and the original rematch was shelved due to a conflict of commitments.

FILE - In this July 23, 2017, file photo, Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, reacts after his loss to Jeff Horn, of Australia, in a WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia. Pacquiao won't box Horn in a rematch of their WBO world welterweight title fight this year because the Filipino senator will be busy with government duties. Pacquiao's unavailability for a proposed Nov. 12 bout was announced Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, by Australian promoters of the fight. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard, File)
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Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he still wanted a rematch with Jeff Horn after the Filipino boxing hero pulled out of their scheduled bout in Australia later his year.

Queensland's premier, whose state government was the financial backer of a November 12 fight, announced on Friday that Pacquiao "cannot return to the ring" due to other commitments.

"It will not push through there in Australia, but we are bringing the fight here in the Philippines," Pacquiao said on radio station DZBB, adding negotiations were ongoing. "This will be good for our country's tourism."


Pacquiao, 38, had initially called for a rematch after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to the 29-year-old Horn on points in a major upset in Brisbane on July 2.

Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had demanded a review of the bout but the WBO declared Horn the clear winner after a panel of judges re-scored the fight.

Now in the twilight of a 22-year professional career, Pacquiao has not stopped an opponent in eight years and briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.

Jeff Horn targets Jessie Vargas after rematch with Manny Pacquiao collapses

Jeff Horn targets Jessie Vargas after rematch with Manny Pacquiao collapses

Pacquiao has defied calls to retire for good, including from his family and celebrated American trainer Freddie Roach. He dismissed funding concerns about hosting the multi-million dollar fight in the Philippines.

"We have lots of friends who are supporting us including our tourism (department). The president is giving his all-out support," Pacquiao said.