New Aussie star Jeff Horn aims to begin his reign as welterweight world champion with a defense against ex-pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Despite question marks over his victory against Manny Pacquiao, a contracted possible rematch and Mayweather already being booked in to fight Conor McGregor, Horn has been vocal in targeting the best fight of this generation.
After a presentation was held in his honor, Horn spoke to The Footy Show and said: “It could be another rematch with Manny Pacquiao back here in Brisbane or in Melbourne (but I’d) probably (prefer) the Mayweather fight,” he said. “It’s someone else and it’s another legend I could beat,” added Horn.
Pacquiao still seems to be the logical option all round as the Filipino once again finds himself needing to repair the damage of a questionable judging decision.
Back in June 2012, Pacquiao was defeated by Timothy Bradley in one of the most debatable displays of officiating of recent memory and went on to be knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez just six months later.
The 37 year-old would eventually go on to avenge the loss with ease before getting his career back on track and Pacquiao would be best advised to do something similar – that if the Senator aims to prolong his career any further.
Pushed on whether he wants the rematch, Horn seemed open to the idea, although in reality ‘The Hornet’ wouldn’t have much say as per the terms of the initial bout.
“I am ready for a rematch. If he wants to come back and do it again, we will do it. That’s up to him, he’s got the option,” he said.
In a statement from Pacquiao issued this week, the eight-weight champion was clearly downhearted: “I love boxing and I don’t want to see it dying because of unfair decisions and officiating.
“I had already accepted the decision, but as a leader and – at the same time – fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public.”