Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones says Jeff Horn’s fairytale boxing win over Manny Pacquaio has “put Brisbane on the map”.
The local school teacher defied the odds to upstage the Filipino champion in front of nearly 52,000 at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Ms Jones, who welcomed Horn with a hug and a kiss as he took to the stage for the post-bout press conference, said spectators had been treated to a “magic” event”.
“It just doesn’t get better than this,” she told reporters on Sunday.
“Our hometown boy has now put Brisbane on the map.”
Ms Jones said it was the largest crowd Pacquaio had ever fought in front of.
She said the pay per view numbers from around the world wouldn’t be known until Monday, but so far they were “pretty happy”.
Earlier this year the tourism minister confirmed the state government had made a “significant contribution” in order to bring the fight to Queensland.
Ms Jones refused to be drawn on exactly how much had been outlaid for the sporting spectacle, but said it would inject $24 million into the local economy.
Both Ms Jones and Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said they were open to the idea of hosting a rematch.
Promoter Bob Arum said there was a rematch clause and if it occurred it had to be in Brisbane.
“Manny’s future is still up in the air,” he told the post-match press confrence Sunday.
“It’s unfair to ask him today, let a week go by and we’ll figure it out.”
Fans descending on Suncorp Stadium on Sunday were urged to take public transport, as extra bus services were put on to cater for demand.
A TransLink spokesman told AAP there had been no issues for people as they made their way to the ground.