Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Have Twitter users just decided Manny Pacquiao's next opponent?

Have Twitter users just decided Manny Pacquiao's next opponent?

ESPN reported last month that Pacquiao had agreed to take on the Australian Jeff Horn on April 22, but doubts have now emerged over that fight following Manny's latest tweet.

On Sunday February 12 Manny Pacquiao posted on his Twitter "See you in UAE for my next fight". As of now Khan is the overwhelming favorite in the fan poll with 47% of vote, and considering that UAE is the target destination for this fight (at least according to Pacquiao), Khan would likely make the most business sense.

Arum also has been negotiating with representatives from Duco Events, Horn's Australia-based promoter, to stage the fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, a rugby stadium that could accommodate more than 50,000 fans for boxing.

"Who would you like Pacquiao to fight in the UAE?" is inquired on Facebook.

Kell Brook - who came second, is now ruled out due to his mandatory fight with Errol Spence, whilst super-lightweight king Terence Crawford remains the only other option of the four-man shortlist.

Not surprisingly, Horn got very little support.

Emails to Koncz and Pacquiao's promoter Top Rank were not answered by the time of this story's publication. No exact venue was listed for the April 23 fight, though the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi were listed as possibilities by Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz in a conversation last week. He apologised to the Queensland government and suggested Top Rank's Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, should never have been so bullish about the prospect in the first place.

Billed as "The Fight of the Century", the initial meeting of Mayweather and Pacquiao in 2015 was ultimately a let-down in the eyes of many fight fans but the bout still became the biggest selling pay-per-view in history and a rematch would remain intriguing enough for viewers to splash out on it.

Pacquiao, who will go down as a boxing great, now boasts a staggering record of 59 wins, six losses and two draws.

"I think all these tweets are just mind games, a ploy for Pacquiao and his team to show me that they have all the power and they are calling the shots over the fight", Horn said.

"It took us a while to get this deal together", he added.

In a unanimous court decision, U.S. heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder has won his latest fight.

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