Pacquiao vs Horn will lay his WBO welterweight title on the line this Sunday, when he travels to Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium to defend his crown against undefeated Australian Jeff Horn.
The clash Down Under has Pacquiao slated as an overwhelming favourite, but Horn will be hopeful of staking a strong claim at stardom in what is unequivocally the biggest matchup of his career to date.
Pacquiao is guaranteed a hefty pay day in Brisbane and is reportedly fighting for a $10 million (£7.9 million) purse, according to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. That is around 20 times the amount his opponent is due to make.
Kieza explained elsewhere that Horn will receive $500,000 for the bout, although it’s understood an increase in ticket sales means the home fighter is liable to rake in a larger paycheque.
Read on for a preview of Sunday’s collision in Brisbane, complete with all the fight information, latest Vegas odds and a prediction of who will come out on top at Suncorp Stadium.
Date: Sunday, July 2
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Start Time: 11:30 a.m. local time/4:30 a.m. BST/ 11:30 p.m. ET (Saturday)
Vegas Odds: Pacquiao (-650; bet $650 to win $100), Horn (+425; bet $100 to win $425), per OddsShark.
Like a story straight from Hollywood, former school teacher Horn will have a major opportunity to put his name on the elite boxing map when he takes on Pacquiao in front of a home audience.
But regardless of how much one might favour a dark horse, he takes on one of boxing’s most methodical minds in Pacquiao, who will be facing a relative unknown at the top level, via the Courier Mail:
With his WBO welterweight belt and a massive prize pot on the line, one would think a figure as experienced as Pac-Man will treat the bout with as much reverence as he has any other in a career stretching back more than two decades.
And the Filipino icon suggested as much when touching on his preparations for Sunday’s matchup, insisting he has no intentions of allowing a shock, per AFP (h/t Sky Sports): “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight. My team is very happy with my preparation. I am looking forward to this, and I will be going home as world champion.”
Older though he may be, it’s been just over a year since Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley to win the then-vacant WBO crown, and many would argue the American to be a superior test to the less-seasoned Horn.
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While Horn may enter the ring as the underdog, The Hornet can take heart in his chances after Kieza of the Courier Mail explained he’s likely to take a significant seven-kilogram weight advantage into the bout.
Pacquiao is naturally much closer to the weight limit of 66.7 kilograms and is “already under the weight at about 65 kilograms,” while Horn is expected to be as heavy as 72 kilograms come fight time.
That being said, Horn’s advantage in size could also become a burden in time, with Pacquiao’s speed hard to keep up with for those with longer limbs, which he recently showed off via his official Facebook page:
There’s also the factor of age, and although Pac-Man has won both of his last two fights, he’s set to turn 39 at the end of the year and has gone the distance in each of his last nine victories. That could pose some issues against the 29-year-old Horn, whose conditioning could be an advantage, albeit a slight one.
Horn boasts an unblemished record of 16-0-1, but he’s yet to fight outside his native land and likely will fall off the pace in the later single-digit rounds, although a unanimous-decision win for Pacquiao still seems the most likely route. Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2718021-pacquiao-vs-horn-fight-time-known-prize-money-projected-winner-vegas-odds
Pacquiao vs Horn, billed as “Battle of Brisbane”, is a scheduled boxing match for the WBO welterweight championship. The fight is scheduled to take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 2 July 2017.
The bout was initially announced in January 2017. However, by the next month the fight was in doubt.Pacquiao decided to fight Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates, but the fight fell through. Pacquiao-Khan is now possible to take place in November 2017.
The fight was finalized in April 2017.The fight is financed by the city of Brisbane and the Queensland government. Some in the media have questioned the quality of the match-up.
The fight will be broadcast as a pay-per-view in the fighters’ home countries of Australia and the Philippines, with the rights respectively held by Main Event and ABS-CBN.
In the United States, the fight will be aired on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (where, due to the time difference, it will air on the night of 1 July). The fight will mark a return of Top Rank promotions to ESPN; the promotion had previously aired fights on ESPN from 1980 to 1996, and the . It will mark the first time that a Pacquiao bout will air on a non-premium, basic cable channel in the United States (previous Pacquiao fights were largely broadcast via PPV). The event was reported by The Ring to be the first in a larger, two-year contract with ESPN.
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