MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has already signed the contract for a July 2 welterweight bout against Australia’s Jeff Horn, according to Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum.
Arum told Lance Pugmire of the LA Times that Pacquiao has already signed the contract for a fight that will be held in the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, but they are still waiting for other details to be finalized.
“We’re slowly finishing up the deal to fight,” Arum was quoted as saying. “People have agreed on essential points.”
Pacquiao will be defending his WBO welterweight strap against Horn, an unheralded Australian boxer who competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Arum explained that while everything was firmly on track, the paperwork is taking some time to process because they were working with a foreign government and a foreign promoter.