PERTH, Australia – The company that’s organising the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight in the land Down Under believe it’s going to be Top Rank and no one else who will decide on the Filipino legend’s fights.
Duco Events, in charge of promoting the fight, said in a report by SBS here that they were aware of social media posts and comments from Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz that the Filipino would next defend his WBO welterweight title in the UAE.
Duco Events, however, is continuing to push through with preparations for the Suncorp Stadium battle, after speaking with Pacquiao’s exclusive worldwide promoters, Top Rank, on Tuesday morning, the report said.
“Michael Koncz has looked at other options, and he is well within his rights to do so,” Duco founder Dean Lonergan was quoted as saying.
“But Top Rank will still make the final call in consultation with Manny.”
Horn’s camp likewise received assurances from Pacquiao’s promoters that an Australian location remained the first option, according to the report.
The news comes after the Pacquiao placed the bout in even further doubt on Monday, when he started a Twitter poll on Monday asking who he should fight next out of Horn, Amir Khan, Terence Crawford and Kell Brook.
Horn was a clear last on seven per cent after more than 44,000 votes with Amir Khan (48 per cent) ahead of Brook (24 per cent) and Crawford (21 per cent).
Pacquiao’s post also came after Koncz apologised to the Australian public on Saturday, claiming the UAE had always been the first preference for the bout, and that Brisbane was only a “back-up plan” for Pacquiao.
But regardless, Lonergan said he expected to have the details for the fight finalised within the next seven days.
“The battle of Brisbane has begun long before a punch has been thrown,” he said.