Statement from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:
Major Events Minister Kate Jones and I met with our WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn and Duco Events director Dean Lonergan yesterday to discuss Jeff’s rematch with Manny Pacquiao.
It was an informal discussion, but I can confirm my Government is in advanced formal negotiations to secure the rematch.
We are in the fight to secure a second fight for Brisbane.
My Government stands in Jeff’s corner with every other Queenslander.
We are proud of what Jeff has achieved in and outside the boxing ring.
My Government worked with Mr Lonergan to secure the first Battle of Brisbane bout between Jeff and Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium on 2 July.
More than 51,000 saw the first fight, with an estimated global audience of 500 million and provided a $25 million boost to our economy.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn, billed as the Battle of Brisbane, was a boxing match for the WBO welterweight championship, held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia on 2 July 2017. After 12 rounds, Horn won via a unanimous decision.
In front of 51,052, Pacquiao lost a hard fought fight via a controversial unanimous decision when the three judges scored it 117–111, 115–113, 115–113 in favor of Horn. Many pundits as well as many current and former boxers believed Pacquiao had done enough to retain the WBO title. Although Horn was the aggressor and showed determination throughout the fight, it nearly came to an end in round 9 when Pacquiao took control and looked for the stoppage. Horn lasted the round and was told by referee Mark Nelson, that he needs to show competitiveness or he would stop the fight.
Despite now having lost four of his last nine fights, Pacquiao remained humble, “I’m professional. I respect the judges.” Wikipedia