After losing a controversial decision to an unknown Jeff Jorn in July, many called for boxing legend Manny Pacquiao to retire. He’s not ready… and wants a rematch.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Friday (Aug. 4) that Pacquiao will exercise his rematch clause against Horn.
“Manny doesn’t want to retire. He wants the rematch, so we are going to do the rematch,” Arum said. “Manny told me he wants to do the rematch, but now we are looking for the window that satisfies the Senate. We need to see when they have a recess that will allow Manny the time he needs to train and have the fight.”
Pacquiao serves in the Senate of the Philippines.
He fought Horn in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia on July 2 on ESPN. It was action-packed, but most believed Pacquiao won. Instead, Horn was awarded a unanimous decision and the welterweight world title.
Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) nearly nearly knocked out Horn in the ninth round, but Horn fought through it. In the end, the scorecards were shocking: 117-111 along with two scores of 115-113, all for Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs).
Arum says the rematch will likely take place in Australia in November, when the Philippine Senate is typically in recess.