BRISBANE, Australia – Manny Pacquiao was a late withdrawal during the public workout session he was supposed to top bill along with local boy Jeff Horn.
And it all had something to do with security matters.
Dean Lonergan of Duco Events admitted organizers of Sunday’s 12-round fight dubbed ‘Battle of Brisbane’ were advised by Queensland police not to allow the Filipino boxing superstar from making any more public appearances for security reasons.
The Sydney Morning Herald was the first to break the news on Thursday shortly after the session held right at the heart of Brisbane’s Central Business District.
“We’ve had concerns from Queensland police all week about Manny doing any promotional appearances,” said Lonergan in a statement release by the paper.“The last time we had Manny here was a couple of months ago. A couple of tweets went out and a couple of thousand people turned up. It was quite hairy.
“For safety purposes, Manny won’t be here today. We’ve taken that advice from the Queensland Police.”