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With or without Manny, Brisbane will host Jeff Horn championship defence

The Queensland Government will support Jeff Horn’s World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight championship defence, with or without Manny Pacquiao, in Brisbane.

The Palaszczuk government said that thay have been advised that Manny Pacquiao, who Jeff defeated for the WBO title at Suncorp Stadium on 2 July, cannot return to the ring in Brisbane on 12 November as proposed.

“I am advised Mr Pacquiao, who is also a Senator of the Philippines, will have other commitments at that time. As WBO champion Jeff Horn has decided his championship defence will be in Brisbane. Whoever the challenger is, my Government will help arrange the meeting because it will be good news for Queensland,” Palaszczuk said.

The first Battle of Brisbane, between Jeff and Mr Pacquiao, attracted more than 51,000 to Suncorp Stadium, an estimated global audience of 500 million and provided a $25 million boost to our economy.

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