Australian politician, Queensland premier Anna Palaszczuk was not happy when she first heard the news that Manny Pacquiao pulled out from the November 12th rematch against WBO World welterweight champion, Jeff Horn.
Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan confirmed that Pacquiao will not take part in the rematch because of other commitments.
“Pacquiao will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight,” explained the promoter.
Palaszczuk took a little jab at Pacquiao and suggested a new alternative for Horn.
“Frankly, I think he’s a bit too scared to come and face Jeff Horn. For Manny not to reappear, really says to me that he knows Jeff is the world champion,” said Palaszczuk to a group of reporters in Brisbane according to BloodyElbow.com.
As for Horn’s new alternative?
“If we could get Conor McGregor, that would be great,” told Palaszczuk.
As you have probably guessed, that ain’t happening. McGregor is returning the UFC and is out for the year because of medical suspension that was given to him after his tenth round technical knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor is returning the UFC and is out for the remainder of the year because of a medical suspension that was given to him after his tenth round technical knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather.
Here are some of the more realistic opponents for Horn. Horn’s head coach, Glenn Rushton, shared some light on Horn’s possible new opponent.
“Lamont [Peterson] or Jessie [Vargas] both having held belts are both in our sights,” revealed Rushton in a recent interview.
According to Pacquiao himself, he still wants the fight against Horn but not in Australia. Whether Horn will actually accept the rematch in the Philippines remains to be seen.