Manny Pacquiao lost a highly disputed decision to Jeff Horn last July, and early planning stages for a rematch had been originally penciled in for November. According to multiple reports, that isn’t the case anymore.
Horn’s promoter also confirmed this, saying that the Pacquiao, who is also a senator in the Philippines, will have other duties that would prevent him from having a proper training camp.
“Manny Pacquiao has decided that he will not be competing in a rematch with Jeff Horn in 2017,” Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan told the Daily Telegraph in Australia.
“On behalf of the Philippines government he will be part of a delegation that will visit China in the middle of his proposed preparation period for the fight.”
According to Lonergan, they will be looking for a new opponent for Horn, as he looks to defend the WBO title that he took in that bout with Pacquiao.
While obviously not coming directly from the Filipino’s camp, Lonergan also claims that Pacquiao will be competing again in 2018, with the rematch still the option they’re looking at.
The 38-year-old Pacquiao is in the twilight of his hall-of-fame boxing career. This is why seeing a rematch — and a possible trilogy — of a bout I felt he already won clearly isn’t the most interesting use of his time remaining in the sport. We already saw the same thing with Timothy Bradley, and I’m not a fan of seeing a repeat of that to close out his career.
This is why news of the cancellation is music to my ears, as there’s a small chance they move on from it completely. I’d rather see Manny fight closer to his normal weight, instead of unnecessarily giving up size and strength now that he’s past his prime and done chasing history in his 8th division.
Come to think of it, I’d prefer he drop out of politics instead of boxing fights, but that’s neither here nor there.