“Battle of Brisbane” a Thriller in Australia
It will be the first non-pay-per-view fight for Pacquiao since September 2005.
“I am so happy fans in the U.S. will be able to watch it for free on ESPN,” Pacquiao said Tuesday from Brisbane. “It’s good for boxing.”
His Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, took the “better see him now” approach.
“Manny only has a few fights left, and for fans to be able to see him on ESPN instead of pay-per-view is a real gift,” Roach said. This will be one of the few fights in his 22-year career in which Pacquiao is not the crowd favorite. Tuesday, he recalled an earlier one. Source ()
Boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, Pacquiao has accepted the challenge of undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender Jeff Horn to defend his WBO welterweight title, Saturday, July 1 (Sunday, July 2, in Australia)Suncorp Stadium. Source omitted: Boxing News.
A 29 year old Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), from Bisbane, Queensland, Australia, a school teacher enters this fight having won his last three fights — all in 2016 — against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey inside the distance. Pacquiao and Horn had a combined record of 105-14-4 when he fought them.
Horn is world-rated No. 2 by the WBO and the IBF. A former Olympian from London had his career almost cut short due to fractured larynx in February 2016 while preparing for his bout against Randall Bailey. This upcoming bout will be the first fight for Horn in 2017.
Pioneer Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, is in his third reign as WBO welterweight champion. He regained the title on November 5, winning a dominant unanimous decision victory over defending champion Jessie Vargas.
I personally put my money on Horn even if skepticism is understandable where ego and greed run rampant… I think Horn will deliver the contest and win this fight in round 7…
What I your thoughts going to this fight?