Top Rank Promotion chief Bob Arum said negotiation for the rematch between Australian Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao has now started and the bout might happen later this year.
Arum, who is now coordinating with Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz in the United States, explained that they have not yet decided on the venue of the rematch.
“We’re trying to figure out when will be the recess (in the Senate) is, so we can schedule the fight. We have to first find out what dates are available, then we will decide where we are going to hold the rematch but most probably in Australia again,” Arum told The Manila Times in an overseas call on Thursday.
Pacquiao (59-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) lost to the 29-year-old Horn last July 2 in Brisbane, Australia in a controversial unanimous decision, which drew flaks from boxing experts here and abroad.
According to reports, Horn (17-0-1 record with 11 knockouts) is willing to fight Pacquiao in a rematch.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, denied that he’s not seeing eye to eye with the Top Rank Promoter.
“I don’t have any problem with Arum. It was the referee and the judges, who had problems during the fight. I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” said the 38-year- old Pacquiao.