Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao has stated he will fight on “until the passion is gone” and could be back in the ring for a rematch against Jeff Horn as early as November.
The 38-year-old lost his WBO welterweight title to the under the radar Australian in Brisbane earlier this month, a controversial points decision going against him and being confirmed when it was re-scored by independent reviewers earlier on in the week.
The Filipino who boasts a record of (59-7-2-KO38) had retired once before, following his third meeting with the “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley, but the retirement was short and Manny was soon back training and took the WBO belt with a win over Jessie Vargas in November. Eight months later the clash with Horn was on the horizon, and soon after his seventh career defeat came the calls for Pacquiao to retire, including one from the man in his own corner, hall of famer trainer Freddie Roach.
But Pacquiao has been quoted as saying on twitter:
“I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country.”
That posting came soon after Horn had talked up the possibility of a rematch with Pacquiao, which could possibly take place at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium.
Horn is feeling super confident the result will be the same if the pair should meet again, and has been quoted as saying “I knew all along he thought that I would be an easy fight.
“He kept saying he wasn’t underestimating me all along but I could tell by his body language that he thought I would be just a walk in the park for him.
“I’d love the rematch. I know he’d train harder and be better prepared but I’d beat him even more convincingly than the first time.”