Pacquiao’s Next Fight Is In Dubai

Get a booking to Brisbane or get the passport ready to get stamped on a visit to the United Arab Emirates?

The jury is still deliberating,  on where the fights will convene to see Pacman’s first 2017 in Ring foray, some say, while there are other indications that Manny Pacquiao’s next fight site will be in the Persian Gulf.

The fighter himself declared that on social media, that he will trek to the Middle East to glove up.

But a contrary counter has come out that splashes cold water on this exotic location situation for the April 23 ring return for the 59-6-2 Senator from the Phillipines. Australia is the fight site, still, said a Team Jeff Horn member.

“Manny Pacquiao’s exclusive promoter is (Las Vegas-based) Bob Arum and we have been working together for many weeks to have the fight at Suncorp Stadium,’’ said promoter Dean Lonergan to The Courier Mail on Sunday. “The only person authorised to promote Manny Pacquiao is Bob Arum. Until Bob Arum tells me differently we are continuing with that aim of having the fight at Suncorp Stadium on April 23.”

Nope, said Michael Koncz, the advisor to the 38 year old pugilist/politician.

“UAE for sure and as to the people still Tweeting and saying fight is in Australia I reply as such: ‘The promoter works for the boxer and the boxer does not work for the promoter and Manny is co promoted by MP Promotions and the final choice and decision was made by Manny to fight in Dubai, the UAE!'”

And is Horn, a 16-0-1 relative unknown, going to be the slot as the welterweight B side?

“We will have more to say later this week,” Koncz told EVERLAST.

So, this deal seems to be still shifting, and all the parties aren’t working off the same script.

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