Now, it’s Jeff Horn’s turn to challenge Manny Pacquiao.
Horn’s promoter, Dean Lonergan, called out Pacquiao, saying that he has to settle the score two years after his ward eked out a controversial unanimous decision victory in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title clash in Brisbane.
The challenge came at the heels of Pacquiao’s lopsided win over Adrien Broner to retain his World Boxing Confederation welterweight title over the weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
It was a boxing masterclass as the 40-year-old Pacquiao battered Broner from start to finish to post a very convincing victory that was witnessed by more than 13,000 spectators and millions all over the world.
Reports from the Nevada State Athletic Commission have it that Pacquiao made $10 million (or roughly P527 million) aside from those from pay-per-view buys and gate receipts, proving that he still remains among boxing’s elite fighters.
And Lonergan believes that the Filipino still has what it takes to battle his ward.
“In his past five fights, Manny Pacquiao was only beaten once – by Jeff Horn,” said Lonergan in a report by Ray Wheatly of World of Boxing.
If Pacquiao wants to build towards a big fight with Mayweather and make the MayPac 2 credible than it currently is, Manny has to revisit Jeff Horn before a Mayweather fight.
“Given Pacquiao’s last two fights, a destruction of (Lucas) Matthysse and an easy win over Broner, Manny has shown he has plenty of gas left in the tank. It also shows that Jeff Horn didn’t beat an old Manny Pacquiao.”
But it appears Pacquiao is not interested.
In his post-fight press conference, Pacquiao admitted that he is asking his new promoter – Al Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions – about what’s next for him.
Although the entire boxing community believes that a megabuck rematch with undefeated Floyd Mayweather is in the offing, Pacquiao could still be lined up with prominent welterweight fighters like Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter and Errol Spence.
Lonergan, however, believes that the only way to fight Mayweather is through Horn.
“If Pacquiao wants to build towards a big fight with Mayweather and make the MayPac 2 credible than it currently is, Manny has to revisit Jeff Horn before a Mayweather fight.”
“Surely, more credibility makes more money.”
Lonergan floated the idea of having Pacquiao and Horn collide in either Las Vegas or Brisbane.
But is Pacquiao still interested?