Pacquiao ‘definitely’ open to Horn rematch
Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO world welterweight title to Jeff Horn in Battle of Brisbane Sunday, but the Filipino pugilist seems intent to take his hardware back.
After Hall-of-Fame announcer Michael Buffer announced the scores, 117-11, 115-113, 115-113, in favor of Horn, Top Rank reporter Crystina Poncher told Pacquiao about the rematch clause in the contract and boxing’s only eight-division champion gave a positive response.
“Yes, definitely,” said the 38-year-old Pacquiao when asked if he’s game for a second fight with Horn.
Even Horn, who had the maroon and gold belt draped over his left shoulder, implied of a possible rematch.
“Battle of Brisbane 2? Who knows?” said Horn, the former school teacher turned boxing champion.
In a match that ended in a controversy, Horn took the belt on the judges’ call but the punch stats said otherwise.
Pacquiao connected on 182 total punches, 123 of which were power punches, while Horn managed to land just 92.
Get the hottest sports news straight into your inbox
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.