Pacquiao vs Horn: Date and venue setWritten by Leroy Cleveland
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
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 FightNews.com. "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.
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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