It’s been a long time coming, but Manny Pacquiao has finally announced his retirement from boxing. The announcement comes after the Filipino fighter lost to Australian boxer Jeff Horn last July. He had previously said that he wouldn’t retire until he was 40 years old and had won world titles in eight weight divisions. However, Pacquiao says this is my last fight.
He finishes his career with a 59-7-2 record, 38 of his wins have come by knockout.
Manny Pacquiao has declared he will fight on even if Jeff Horn pulls off what could be boxing’s biggest upset in recent years when they meet this weekend at Suncorp Stadium.
The Filipino boxing superstar may not get the match in a stadium setting in front of a huge capacity crowd that he had hoped for in Brisbane at Lang Park but Horn is promising it won’t be his name on the arena’s big screen when the main event airs.
Pacquiao, 38, will attempt to become a world champion for an eighth time when he boxes WBO welterweight champion Horn in a fight the Queenslander initially claimed would be held at Brisbane’s home for rugby league and union.
Pacquiao, Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan and the city of Brisbane have been pushing for a deal to be done to get the bout held at Lang Park but if that falls through it is understood Suncorp Stadium has emerged as a more realistic option with ticket sales potentially going for between $70-90 each which would see the Filipino’s pocket $45 million.
On Saturday Horn made his final rounds of training for this weekend’s world title fight against Manny Pacquiao, but he’ll be turning his attention to rugby league after that.
The Voice will be singing at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday morning before the two men square off in what is tipped to be one of the most highly-anticipated bouts in recent memory.
Horn has been training at Doonside in Sydney’s west alongside fellow rugby league players ahead of his fight with Pacquiao, who will have his final session in Los Angeles before flying into Brisbane.
The 32-year-old is preparing for a 12 round bout that could be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history.
Suncorp Stadium’s General Manager of Venues and Live Queensland, Blair Conaghan says we’re ready to host what could be one of the biggest events Brisbane has ever seen and it would be a great opportunity for rugby league to capitalise on its advantage as Australia’s favourite sport by hosting a world title bout.
The 32-year-old Horn said he would love to see Suncorp Stadium packed to the rafters, just like Lang Park was when he watched his grand final heroics with the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL decider last year.
Weeks out from fight night and it’s still unknown where the fight will be held.
According to the Courier Mail, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane has emerged as a serious contender to host the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight this November. It’s expected that ticket sales would rake in $70-90 each and an official announcement will be made soon.