After a devastating loss on points, coupled by a thorough beating on both sides, Manny Pacquiao said he would like his re-match with Australian Jeff Horn held in the Philippines.
Pacquiao bared that his and Horn’s camps have yet to formally talk about a rematch after his lost to the Australian slugger in the Battle of Brisbane in Aus-tralia on Sunday.
“May rematch naman so walang problema,” Pacquiao said when asked about observations that he should have been declared winner of the match.
“Gusto ko nga, may ganun man, tingnan natin baka puwede dito sa Ma-nila. Dito sana sa Pilipi-nas,” he added.
Both fighters expressed openness for a rematch after their match in Bris-bane, Australia.
Horn hinted that he would still want the re-match held in Brisbane, saying he was open to having a “Battle of Bris-bane 2.”
Sen. Vicente Sotto III, who was in Brisbane to watch the fight, agreed that the next fight between Pacquiao and Horn should be held in the Philippines.
Complaining how the fight was officiated, Sotto said: “Hindi dapat puwede sa Australia na kalahi nila judges and referee.”
The senator said Pac-quiao fought well, but observed that the referee did not order the deduction of points from Horn be-cause of headbutts that the Filipino sustained during the fight.
“Punches while in headlock were counted for Horn. It’s called Home-town Decision!” Sotto added.
Three judges scored in favor of Horn after the 12-round battle, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113.
Punch statistics re-leased by CompuBox, however, showed that Pacquiao dominated Horn by connecting more punches than the Australian.