Report: Manny Pacquiao to face Jeff Horn in welterweight bout

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(CNN Philippines) — The Philippines' fighting senator is set to return to the ring.

In a meeting, Top Rank's Bob Arum and Dean Lonergan of Duco Events have agreed about the match between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn on Wednesday.

It will take place either in Australia or the United Arab Emirates on April 22, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael.

Pacquiao last saw action last November, after bagging a unanimous decision win against Jessie Vargas to claim the WBO welterweight belt.

The Pacman improved his professional record to 59-6-2 after his victory over Vargas, his second consecutive triumph since coming out of a shortlived retirement.


The 28-year-old Jeff Horn was a member of the Australian 2012 Summer Olympic boxing team, before turning professional in 2013.

In his young career, Horn has accumulated a record of 16 wins, no losses, and one draw, as per BoxRec.

11 of the Australian's victories came via knockout, his latest one coming through a sixth round stoppage of veteran Ali Funeka last December, based from the records of BoxRec.

The 5-foot-9 Horn is also ranked number 2 in World Boxing Organization (WBO)'s welterweight division.

He has yet to professionally fight outside of Australia or New Zealand.


CNN Philippines' Paolo Del Rosario and CJ Marquez contributed to this report.