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BRISBANE—Filipino great Manny Pacquiao on Friday pulled out of a rematch with world champion Jeff Horn, leaving the Australian looking for another challenger in his title defence.

The Queensland state government, the fight’s financial backers, made the announcement two months ahead of the scheduled Nov. 12 bout.

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Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn feels sorry for Saul Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, because their important fight on September 16 was totally undercut by the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor event that took place last Saturday night on August 26 on Showtime pay-per-view.

Hearn says that even this past week can’t count for the Canelo-GGG fight being properly hyped with the boxing fans due to all the fans still talking about the Mayweather-McGregor fight, breaking down the results and thinking about the match.

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Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is not sweating it about the huge amount of muscle weight his opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has packed on for their fight in a little over 2 weeks on September 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) says all fighters have punching power, and they all have a strategy for their fights.

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Former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) is close to agreeing to step aside so that WBC champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) can face #1 WBA Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Wilder-Ortiz fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.

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Less than 2 weeks after becoming the unified IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO light welterweight champion with a 3rd round knockout over IBF 140 lb. champion Julius Indongo on August 19, Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) has vacated his International Boxing Federation title.

Crawford, 29, didn’t have much of a choice, as the IBF had ordered a purse bid for this Thursday, August 31, for Crawford’s mandatory defense against #1 IBF challenger Sergey Lipinets. Rather than participate in the purse bid and wind up having to defend against the little-known contender Lipinets, Crawford vacated his IBF title.

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Unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) will be soon be back inside the ring to make his first defense of his IBF crown in either December or January, according to Dan Rafael.

There are 2 possible opponents in the running for Spence’s fight, and those are #5 IBF Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KOs) and WBA World welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs). It goes without saying that the 33-year-old Peterson would be the ideal choice for Spence, due to him being a world champion rather than just a contender like Collazo. Spence would likely have more problems with the southpaw Collazo, as he’s a big puncher and he has a lot of talent.

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Former middleweight world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KOs) will be returning to the ring next month on September 8 in a 10 round scheduled fight against an opponent still to be determined at 170 pound maximum limit at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For Quillin’s sake, his management needs to be careful in the opponent they put in with him. He’s been out of the ring for so long in the last 3 years. He’s missed a considerable amount of time with 2 separate long periods of inactivity. You have to wonder whether Quillin still likes to fight.

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s new muscle mass he’s put on doesn’t have Gennady “GGG” Golovkin too worried about mixing it up with him on September 16. Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) laughed when asked if he was concerned with the added muscle weight the Golden Boy Promotions star Canelo has packed on for their fight in less 3 weeks on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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