Horn-Pacquiao promises $200m for Queensland

JEFF Horn’s promoters will outline to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk more than $200 million in benefits to Queensland if the State Government underwrites the “Fighting Schoolteacher’s’’ Suncorp Stadium bout with all-time boxing great Manny Pacquiao on April 23.

In their highly confidential business proposal, Duco Events are promising the Premier that the fight will further position the city as a major international sporting venue and that Horn-Pacquiao will start a “big-time boxing revolution’’ in Australia.

Duco Events claim the fight will create a $100 million direct boost to the economy through visitors to Queensland and that the state will receive a further $100 million worth of free advertising on the live telecast to a billion people in 159 countries.
Jeff Horn’s promoters are desperate to keep the fight in Queensland. Pic Mark Cranitch.

Jeff Horn’s promoters are desperate to keep the fight in Queensland. Pic Mark Cranitch.Source:News Corp Australia

The promoters are also staging the Global Tens rugby in Brisbane next month, as well as the Auckland Nines rugby league event.

Their business plan is based in part on figures released by Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium after 56,214 people attended the UFC event there in 2015 when, in a battle between two American women, Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey.

Etihad claimed a $102 million economic impact for Victoria.

Dean Lonergan, from Duco Events, said that the fight telecast would also include eight minutes of editorial promotion for Queensland tourist destinations, which equated to more than $100 million worth of free advertising based on rates for the American Super Bowl that was telecast to a much smaller audience.

Palaszczuk said her Government was in Horn’s corner and that “if it stacks up for the taxpayer, Queensland will be in the fight for the fight.”