PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE: Since 1997 © Copyright (PHNO) http://newsflash.org


SPORTS NEWS THE PAST WEEKS
CLICK HERE TO READ ONLINE
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

PACQUIAO WANTS LAST FIGHT IN THE PHILIPPINES
[RELATED: Will Uncle Bob Arum speak up, please; there is confusion here]


FEBRUARY 15 -Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday said that he wants his last fight to happen in the Philippines, so that his countrymen can witness it firsthand. "Sinisikap ko na magkaroon ng fight dito sa Pilipinas by November. Gusto ko na masaksihan ng Pilipino bago man lang (ako mag-retire sa boxing)," he said. Just the day before, Pacquiao all but confirmed that his upcoming fight with Australian boxer and Olympian Jeff Horn will be held in the United Arab Emirates. "Almost done na yung negotiations sa Dubai. Nagrequest yung taga-Dubai na doon naman magkaroon ng fight. Marami namang Pilipino doon. Yun kasi ang unang na-finalize," Pacquiao said on GMA News' Unang Balita. Asked his measure of Horn's prowess, Pacquiao said, "Matindi daw iyon. Wala pang talo." Pacquiao said his training for the fight was to start immediately. — Marlly Rome C. Bondoc/TJD, GMA News FULL REPORT. RELATED, Will Uncle Bob Arum speak up, please...

ALSO: Pick my opponent, Pacquiao asks fans


FEBRUARY 15 -Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao raises his WBO welterweight championship belt during a news conference upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao, 38, will add another fight to his long career resume when he takes on Australian welterweight Jeff Horn on April 23 at a venue to be decided. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
Manny Pacquiao on Monday asked his legions of Twitter followers to choose his opponent after announcing his next world title defence will be in the United Arab Emirates. “See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao” the WBO world welterweight champion tweeted, appearing to scupper reports that he would next fight Australia’s Jeff Horn in Brisbane in April. Pacquiao then posted a poll on his official Twitter feed asking his 108,000 followers to choose either Horn, Terence Crawford, Amir Khan or Kell Brook as his next opponent in the UAE. READ MORE...

ALSO: Horn confident Brisbane will host Pacquiao fight


FEBRUARY 16 -Manny Pacquiao (AP photo) Despite an announcement made by no less than Manny Pacquiao, the camp of undefeated Australian puncher Jeff Horn yesterday expressed hope that their world welterweight title fight will end up being staged in Brisbane. Pacquiao came out on social media and even on local television, saying that his return to the ring on April 23 will be held either in Dubai or Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. But Horn is pinning his hopes on Top Rank chief Bob Arum, who has promotional rights over Pacquiao. Several weeks ago, Arum met with Horn’s promoters in Las Vegas and a couple of weeks back, Dean Lonergan of the New Zealand-based Duco Promotions revealed that the state government of Queensland is willing to join hands. READ MORE...

ALSO Koncz: Pacquiao to fight Horn in UAE; Pacquiao tweets 'See you in UAE'


FEBRUARY 16 -Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, celebrates after defeating Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Manny Pacquiao’s fight against unheralded Jeff Horn which was initially slated in Australia will be held in the United Arab Emirates instead. According to Michael Koncz, longtime adviser of the Filipino boxing champion, there is “100 percent” the bout will be staged in the UAE. “It took us a while to get this deal together,”Koncz said in an interview with boxingscene.com. “There was a lot of confusion whether this is going to happen here in the UAE. [But] I’m here with full authority and power. I have been the marriage counsellor for Manny and we have developed a relationship. I’m involved in all aspects of what he does.”
“We have executed the agreement in the morning and 100 percent the fight will he here in the UAE.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Horn to take on Pacquiao anywhere - 'I'll fight him on the moon'


FEBRUARY 15 -Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn
While Jeff Horn still prefers to fight Manny Pacquiao in his hometown in Australia, the 28-year-old fighter doesn’t mind taking on the Filipino icon elsewhere. Despite Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz announcing the other day that Pacquiao will fight Horn in the United Arab Emirates, the Australian isn’t buying it. “Someone's come out when they shouldn't have and has announced 100 percent that the fight is somewhere else,” Horn recently told Fox Sports News 500. Horn’s representatives have been moving heaven and earth the past few weeks to bring the fight to the boxer’s hometown in Brisbane, Australia, talking to both Top Rank chief Bob Arum and the Queensland state government. READ MORE...

ALSO: Amid conflicting plans, adviser promises peace in Pacquiao's corner


FEBRUARY 19 -Mike Koncz, Manny Pacquiao's professional adviser based in the Philippines, has said that no bad blood exists between the world champion's camp and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. Koncz has arranged for Pacquiao to fight in the Middle East on April 23, after weeks in which it was widely believed that Pacquiao would see action in Brisbane, Australia. Arum did much of the legwork, at least publicly, to get plans Down Under rolling. Even the handlers of Pacquiao's supposed next opponent, Jeff Horn, were hyping up the possibility of hosting a world title match. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE BELOW
OR CLICK HERE TO READ ONLINE

Pacquiao wants last fight to be in PHL

MANILA, FEBRUARY 20, 2017 (GMA NEWS)  Published February 15, 2017 9:21am - Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday said that he wants his last fight to happen in the Philippines, so that his countrymen can witness it firsthand.

"Sinisikap ko na magkaroon ng fight dito sa Pilipinas by November. Gusto ko na masaksihan ng Pilipino bago man lang (ako mag-retire sa boxing)," he said.

Just the day before, Pacquiao all but confirmed that his upcoming fight with Australian boxer and Olympian Jeff Horn will be held in the United Arab Emirates.

"Almost done na yung negotiations sa Dubai. Nagrequest yung taga-Dubai na doon naman magkaroon ng fight. Marami namang Pilipino doon. Yun kasi ang unang na-finalize," Pacquiao said on GMA News' Unang Balita.

Asked his measure of Horn's prowess, Pacquiao said, "Matindi daw iyon. Wala pang talo."

Pacquiao said his training for the fight was to start immediately. — Marlly Rome C. Bondoc/TJD, GMA News

--------------------------------

RELATED FROM ABS0CBN

Will Uncle Bob Arum speak up, please By: Recah Trinidad - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 11:40 PM February 14, 2017



There were three odd possibilities listed last week on how Jeff Horn of Australia could hope to upset Manny Pacquiao:

1) Pacquiao suddenly turns old;
2) Pacquiao shows up unprepared;
3) Pacquiao suddenly turns dull and dumb.

In the same report emanating from Australia, Horn, the awful underdog, was given only an eight-point chance of winning, while Pacquiao got 92.

Putting it plainly in pundit parlance, the chances of the unbeaten Horn were slim and none.

Anyway, the latest info on the Pacquiao-Horn fight, initially scheduled for April 23, said the bout would not be staged in Australia.

Pacquiao the other day announced he’s taking his act to the United Arab Emirates, either in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

After that announcement, Pacquiao took time out to tweet his fans and ask whom he should be fighting next.

In that poll, Horn got only 7 percent while Amir Khan received a whopping 48 percent of the yes votes. Kell Brook received 28 percent while Terence Crawford got 24 percent.

Meanwhile, nothing has been heard of veteran promoter Bob Arum, who had supposedly contracted Horn to face Pacquiao on April 23.

When it was first announced that Pacquiao would be paid [only] $5 million, Team Pacquiao jumped up and cried the eight-division world champion would not fight for peanuts.

Arum assured Pacquiao would be given his deserved purse [versus Horn].

Arum had also promised to fly to Manila to finalize arrangements with Pacquiao.

While Arum should’ve stood up or spoken in the midst of the confusion, he has preferred to keep mum.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, decided to take matters into his own hands.

Of course, it cannot be said Pacquiao has decided to cut ties with Arum, who charted him to superstardom.

As things stand, Pacquiao cannot fight without the approval of his beloved promoter, whose whereabouts were unknown at press time.


INQUIRER

Pick my opponent, Pacquiao asks fans Agence France-Presse / 12:53 PM February 13, 2017


Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao raises his WBO welterweight championship belt during a news conference upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao, 38, will add another fight to his long career resume when he takes on Australian welterweight Jeff Horn on April 23 at a venue to be decided. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

Manny Pacquiao on Monday asked his legions of Twitter followers to choose his opponent after announcing his next world title defence will be in the United Arab Emirates.

“See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao” the WBO world welterweight champion tweeted, appearing to scupper reports that he would next fight Australia’s Jeff Horn in Brisbane in April.

Pacquiao then posted a poll on his official Twitter feed asking his 108,000 followers to choose either Horn, Terence Crawford, Amir Khan or Kell Brook as his next opponent in the UAE.

READ MORE...

The poll had received more than 10,000 votes by Monday morning.

A spokesman for Pacquiao told AFP he was due to meet his manager Michael Koncz later Monday and a statement about his next fight would be issued.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum had been widely quoted last month in international media as saying that the boxing icon would be getting into the ring with the unbeaten Australian Horn in April and the Queensland tourism minister said they were in negotiations to host the bout.

But Pacquiao, 38, posted on his social media accounts that he would be fighting instead in the Middle East and seemed to indicate that while his opponent could still be Horn it could also be one of three other world-class boxers — American Crawford or Britons Khan or Brook.

Reports of a bout between Pacquiao and Horn had begun circulating last month but the Filipino southpaw said contracts had not been signed.

“We are still negotiating about that. Nothing is really final, the date, who is the opponent. There are a lot of offers from other countries,” Pacquiao said last month.

Pacquiao announced a brief retirement last year but made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas in November,saying he still felt like a youngster.

The boxing hero initially said he was retiring to focus on his new role as Philippine senator after winning elections last year on the back of his sporting fame.


MANILA BULLETIN

Horn confident Brisbane will host Pacquiao fight 0 SHARES Share it! Published February 16, 2017, 12:15 AM By NICK GIONGCO


Manny Pacquiao (AP photo)

Despite an announcement made by no less than Manny Pacquiao, the camp of undefeated Australian puncher Jeff Horn yesterday expressed hope that their world welterweight title fight will end up being staged in Brisbane. Pacquiao came out on social media and even on local television, saying that his return to the ring on April 23 will be held either in Dubai or Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

But Horn is pinning his hopes on Top Rank chief Bob Arum, who has promotional rights over Pacquiao.

Several weeks ago, Arum met with Horn’s promoters in Las Vegas and a couple of weeks back, Dean Lonergan of the New Zealand-based Duco Promotions revealed that the state government of Queensland is willing to join hands.

READ MORE...

Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, even went to Abu Dhabi over the weekend and held a press conference there, announcing that the 38-year-old boxing star is coming over to fight.

“Michael Koncz has looked at other options, and he is well within his rights to do so,” Lonergan told the Courier Mail, the main newspaper of Brisbane.

“But Bob Arum is Pacquiao’s exclusive promoter and he will still make the final call in consultation with Manny.”

Horn, speaking to the Herald Sun (Melbourne), doesn’t hide the fact that he would rather rumble with Pacquiao at home with the 52,500-seat Suncor Stadium playing host to the match.

“Let’s wait until Bob Arum speaks,” said Glenn Rushton, who manages and trains Horn.

Still, Horn insists that the venue isn’t a major concern provided that he gets the chance to meet Pacquiao.

“I’ll fight him on the moon if I have to,” Horn told the Herald Sun. “It doesn’t bother me but it would be beyond a dream come true if I do get it in Brisbane or Australia.”


INQUIRER

Koncz: Pacquiao to fight Horn in UAE; Pacquiao tweets 'See you in UAE' INQUIRER.net / 04:22 PM February 12, 2017


Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, celebrates after defeating Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Manny Pacquiao’s fight against unheralded Jeff Horn which was initially slated in Australia will be held in the United Arab Emirates instead.

According to Michael Koncz, longtime adviser of the Filipino boxing champion, there is “100 percent” the bout will be staged in the UAE.
“It took us a while to get this deal together,”Koncz said in an interview with boxingscene.com. “There was a lot of confusion whether this is going to happen here in the UAE. [But] I’m here with full authority and power. I have been the marriage counsellor for Manny and we have developed a relationship. I’m involved in all aspects of what he does.”

“We have executed the agreement in the morning and 100 percent the fight will he here in the UAE.”

READ MORE...

Pacquiao has also announced the development on his Twitter account on Sunday.

“See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao,” he posted.

The 38-year-old Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight title on April 23 against the much younger Horn, who owns a record of 16-0-4, 11 knockouts.

Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) last fought Jessie Vargas three months ago at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The eight-division champion dominated the fight from start to finish for a unanimous decision victory.


PHILSTAR

Horn to take on Pacquiao anywhere: 'I'll fight him on the moon' By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated February 15, 2017 - 11:37am 6 28 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn

MANILA, Philippines – While Jeff Horn still prefers to fight Manny Pacquiao in his hometown in Australia, the 28-year-old fighter doesn’t mind taking on the Filipino icon elsewhere.

Despite Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz announcing the other day that Pacquiao will fight Horn in the United Arab Emirates, the Australian isn’t buying it.

“Someone's come out when they shouldn't have and has announced 100 percent that the fight is somewhere else,” Horn recently told Fox Sports News 500.

Horn’s representatives have been moving heaven and earth the past few weeks to bring the fight to the boxer’s hometown in Brisbane, Australia, talking to both Top Rank chief Bob Arum and the Queensland state government.

READ MORE...

But confusion arose after Koncz’s declaration that he is “100 percent sure” that the fight will take place in the UAE.

Pacquiao himself confirmed it on his Twitter account.


View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow ✔ See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao 10:02 PM - 11 Feb 2017 319 319 Retweets 729 729 likes

Nevertheless, as far as Horn is concerned, Australia is still in the running to host the fight, which is slated this April.

“It's a bit of a shock for all of us to go, 'Hold on a second. We had the fight planned for here.' As far as I know the fight is still in Brisbane and hopefully we'll find out in the next few days what's happening,” he added.

Meanwhile, Horn’s manager Glenn Rushton is doubtful about the fight being staged in the UAE, saying they’re awaiting the final word from Arum.

“Anything else is just purely speculation and we've all heard talk about big fights coming out of Dubai for years and I've never seen one yet, so I have to simply say it like you that it's simply speculation. Let's wait until Bob Arum speaks,” Rushton said in the same Fox Sports News 500 report.

Horn, for his part, is ready to slug it out with Pacquiao anywhere.

“I'll fight him on the moon if I have to. I doesn’t bother me but it would be beyond a dream come true if I do get it in Brisbane or Australia,” he said.


ABS-CBN

Amid conflicting plans, adviser promises peace in Pacquiao's corner ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 19 2017 04:20 AM

Mike Koncz, Manny Pacquiao's professional adviser based in the Philippines, has said that no bad blood exists between the world champion's camp and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.

Koncz has arranged for Pacquiao to fight in the Middle East on April 23, after weeks in which it was widely believed that Pacquiao would see action in Brisbane, Australia.

Arum did much of the legwork, at least publicly, to get plans Down Under rolling. Even the handlers of Pacquiao's supposed next opponent, Jeff Horn, were hyping up the possibility of hosting a world title match.

READ MORE...

But Koncz has been singing a different tune.

According to a report on FightNews.com, Koncz told boxing journalist Nick Giongco "it is definite that Pacquiao’s defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown won’t be held in Brisbane.

Koncz said the Middle East option made more sense financially. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are in play to host.

“There is no bitterness . . . no war involving us,” Koncz said, adding that Pacquiao recognizes Arum's influence throughout his Hall of Fame career.


CONTINUE TO >> NEXT SPORTS BEAT PAGE (coming next week)

GO TO >> HEADLINE NEWS PAGE

GO TO > > BUSINESS & ECONOMY PAGE


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2017 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE