Manny Pacquiao V Jeff Horn rematch changes venue
THE highly-anticipated boxing rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquaio won't be held at Suncorp Stadium and ticket prices are likely to jump as a result.
Jeff Horn's head trainer Glenn Rushton told Channel 7 that the likely venue if the rematch takes place in Queensland is the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall in Brisbane's north.
With the rematch rumoured to be at the end of the year, possibly November, Queensland's unpredictable hot weather would rule out Suncorp, Mr Rushton said.
"We could have a really bad storm, we could have a cyclone for all we know. So there's a lot of risks there in trying to do that so I think the safe option would be to go to Boondall," he said. said.
The Entertainment Centre can hold just 15,000 people, compared to Suncorp's 52,500. Ticket prices would likely be increased to make up for the smaller numbers of spectators.
Promoter Dean Lonergan, from Duco Events, said he is still in talks with the Queensland Government about the rematch and it was too early to speculate about the venue.
Mr Lonergan said he was very loyal to Queensland following the huge public and government support for the first fight and that he would prefer to see the rematch in Queensland, as opposed to Sydney or Melbourne.
He also said if the rematch is held in November the Brisbane Entertainment Centre would be a better venue than the open-air Suncorp, which would be too hot and at a high risk from storms.
Mystery has surrounded the planning of the rematch, following Horn's victory over Pacquiao earlier this month.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Mr Lonergan on Thursday, following the ticker-tape parade for new world champion Horn.
The pair discussed the success of the fight over a cup of tea, and plotted the best ways to ensure the rematch is held in Brisbane.
"Make no mistake, any Jeff Horn rematch will be held in Brisbane," Ms Palaszczuk said.
But the battle for the rematch is not expected to be an easy one, with other states and countries also to bid.
The rematch plans follow the World Boxing Organisation declaring on Friday it would re-score the fight because of controversy surrounding Horn's win by unanimous decision. But there is no plan to change the result and Horn will retain the title regardless of a review by five other judges.
On Sunday, New York's Waleska Roldan scored Horn winning nine rounds to three, or 117-111 but Chris Flores from Arizona and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina both had Horn winning a close fight 115-113 or seven rounds to five.
The WBO was responding to a request from the Philippines Games and Amusements Board to review the fight after Pacquiao said the decision against him was "unfair".
The WBO said the only way to revoke a decision rested on proving fraud in the officiating.
WBO president Francisco Valcarcel, a Puerto Rican lawyer who was the official supervisor for the fight on Sunday, said the purpose of the review was to give the fans "certainty" over the winner.
He stressed the WBO would not reverse the decision.
Valcarcel said five anonymous judges will review the bout, watching a replay without the American commentary.
Lewis, who trained six world champions including Fenech, said he was surprised Pacquiao was "carrying on" over the decision.
"I had Jeff Horn winning eight rounds to four," said the most respected man in Australian boxing.