Promotional outfit Duco Promotions recently confirmed that an agreement was in place for boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 28) to face off with the unbeaten Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11) in a WBO Welterweight title defense.
At the moment a venue hasn't been selected for the bout, though the view seems to be that the bout will take place in Australia on April 23rd, a Sunday, in the afternoon to be televised in the US on a Saturday night. Although Australia is the favoured nation to hold the bout Duco haven't ruled out the Middle East or the US with the company likely viewing the financials of all the venues before committing to one.
If the bout does take place down under the bout would be the most significant bout to be held in Australia for more than a century, following the 1908 bout between Tommy Burns and Jack Johnson, and could kick start a supposed "world tour" from Pacquiao who has had bouts rumoured for the UK in recent weeks.
As with the venue it's unclear who will be airing the bout, though Bob Arum seems happy for the bout to be aired on free view if a company will make a solid offer financially. He is also weighing up the possibility of having a split site PPV with a show also in the US.
Over the coming weeks we expect to have a venue confirmed and start to see an under-card forming with Duco likely to try and get their best fighters on the card to increase their international profile.
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