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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

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

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, September 01, 2017

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

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

    We have been advised today 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.

    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.

    My Government will continue to liaise with Jeff and his managers on the championship defence.  We will also continue to work with Brisbane Marketing.