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Pacquiao vs Horn: Date and venue set

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Fight legend Manny Pacquiao will face Jeff Horn on April 23 in United Arab Emirates.

Initially, it appeared the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council had locked down Suncorp Stadium but negotiations fell through. 

Pacquiao vs Horn
Date: April 23, 2017
Location: United Arab Emirates
Broadcast: TBD

Division: Welterweight
Title: WBO
Champion: Manny Pacquiao

February 12 Update: Pacquiao vs Horn will take place in the United Arab Emirates.

In winning the right to host this fight, Brisbane weathered strong competition from neighboring Melbourne as well as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“Jeff Horn against Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium can showcase Brisbane to the world," Dean Lonergan, head of Duco Promotions, recently told "It is a truly global sporting contest pitting one of the greatest boxers in history against a young clean-cut Queensland kid who is a qualified schoolteacher and a great role model for all young Australians."

Moreover, government officials in Brisbane are optimistic the fight will bring added revenue to the Queensland region and help put Brisbane on the global map.

Suncorp Stadium
Owned by the Government of Queensland, the relatively brand new Suncorp Stadium opened in 2014 and has a capacity of 52,000. A multi-purpose stadium, it is located in Brisbane and better known locally as a rugby league venue.

Can Pacquiao vs Horn sell out the complex? And will it be the most high-profile boxing event in Australian history?

If promoted well, it could be the most significant fight in modern-day Aussie history, and the most lucrative Aussie bout ever.

Bottomline: How much excitment will an all-time great fighter and legendary athlete generate in Brisbane?

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Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.

A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.

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