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Manny Pacquiao's Mandatory Challenger Jeff Horn Is A Dangerous Young Puncher

01 July 2017

But many forget that Pacquiao should still be rated amongst the top three pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, and he eased to victories over both Jessie Vargas and Timothy Bradley previous year.

"It's very hard for anyone to copy the style of Pacquiao but we got the closest thing out there that we could", Horn said.

Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn face off after the official press conference for WBO World Welterweight Championship at Suncorp Stadium.

While Lang Park, a stadium mostly used for professional rugby matches, is an unlikely venue for the Filipino senator's bid to stay relevant in the boxing world Pacquiao (59-6-2) still has huge box office appeal.

Horn, who took up boxing to protect himself from bullies 11 years ago, fights Pacquiao for the world welterweight title in a bout that will draw more than 50,000 people to Suncorp Stadium and be watched by a television audience of nearly a billion people.

There are whispers of this being Pac Man's last appearance, which would be a pretty big loss for boxing.

And then nearly 90 minutes into the two-and-a-half hour sports lunch, Pacquiao suddenly moved through the big crowd with his entourage. "He is out of his element", said Bradley, a four-time world champion from California. It's shaping up to be the sport's biggest fan draw since the first Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, which ended with a unanimous decision in favor of the former.

Simon Crawford expects the experience of Manny Pacquiao to get the better of Jeff Horn in Australia this weekend. The Filipino has lost three of his last eight fights, including the initial matchup against Mayweather in 2015.

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"I hope you take the phone into the ring and she'll be game over". Today the welterweight division is a faster track than it was just a few years ago when Manny and Floyd were the marquee fighters in it.

"We might give him your mic, Bob", he said to promoter Bob Arum, one of world boxing's most famous promoters and a lawyer who once worked with the Kennedys, before Ali.

"My vision for this fight is it will be a late stoppage".

"I've got a 10-point plan and Jeff is the only person who has that 10-point plan".

For that reason alone, since Manny has been Arum's biggest star fighter for more than a decade, Arum wants to insure that when Pacquiao is finally done as a major attraction, it will be at the hands of one of his fighters.

Manny Pacquiao needs knockouts to remind fans why they fell in love with him, and Jeff Horn may be just what the doctor ordered. One easy way to accomplish that is to stage non-pay-per-view fights because only die-hard boxing fans are going to pay $60 and up to watch a card.

Per, the fight, which is being bankrolled largely by the Queensland government, will take place in the Sunday morning hours Australian time to accommodate the live Saturday night ESPN telecast in the United States.

Manny Pacquiao's Mandatory Challenger Jeff Horn Is A Dangerous Young Puncher