Horn's camp wants Pacquiao in April 2018


Posted at Oct 11 2017 08:49 PM

Jeff Horn on the offensive against Manny Pacquiao during their first bout. Reuters

Boxing coach Glenn Rushton’s plan seems simple: Keep Jeff Horn active then pursue the rematch with Manny Pacquiao.

But first: he’ll have to train the reigning WBO welterweight champion to prepare against Britain’s Gary "Hellraiser" Corcoran, which will take place in Brisbane, possibly on December 15.

The 26-year-old Corcoran is WBO's Intercontinental champion with a record of 26-1.

"(Corcoran) comes to fight, he's a tough boy," Rushton said in Boxing Scene.

If Horn gets past Corcoran, then he will continue to press for the rematch against the more recognizable fighter in Pacquiao.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Pacquiao, who is also a senator, is unable to fight Horn in a rematch this year.

"July to December that's five months, that's certainly long enough out of the saddle," Rushton said.

"Manny Pacquiao isn't available, we need to keep him fighting we need to keep him active. The plan is to get this one done and then hopefully next April we'll get Pacquiao back to Brisbane."

But Pacquiao doesn't seem inclined to battle Horn in Australia, where he lost via a unanimous but controversial decision.

Instead, he wants the fight to take place in the Philippines, although promoter Bob Arum refuses to finance it.

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