Manny Pacquiao calls to fight against Jeff Horn ‘a gift’ for Australia
Call your fight Saturday night against former Australian Olympian Jeff Horn, a “gift”, an adequate description given the almost certainty that Pacquiao will record his 60th victory.
Although the fighting seems to be a change, there are serious things on the line.
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) defends the welterweight title of the World Boxing Organization, which was in November by beating Jessie Vargas. The card will be the first between promoter Bob Arum and Pacquiao ESPN, which will bring significant fights on basic cable.
Now 38, Pacquiao initially refused to fight Horns on a map that aims to expand the boxing crowd in Australia where a crowd of 60,000 people could fill Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
When his own efforts to organize a meeting against the former Amir Khan partner steps did not materialize, Pacquiao relied on the experience Arum experienced to accept the main event history exhibit of mainland sports in Australia.
Beyond Pacquiao card launches bold Arum deal with ESPN, which is manifested by growing frustration with HBO. Arum is displeased to find pay-per-view dates to HBO for his other fighters of greatest interest as world champion Terence Crawford 140 pounds, super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko and featherweight champion Oscar Valdez.
Arum said he hopes these champions are involved in “much more” Top Rank fights come to ESPN, with an expectation in Saturday’s promotion at 6 o’clock. The broadcast PDT attracts at least 2 million viewers.
Irish Olympian Michael Conlan Jr. and Shane Mosley of Pomona are also on the card in separate fights.
“This is a great opportunity to show boxing fans that we’re still here and not …” said Pacquiao. “… A lot of people look. It’s an exciting fight because it’s the first time I hit my head from this country.”
It is in the horn 29 years (16-0-1, 11 KOs) to provide something beyond appearance. Regarded as an aggressive boxer, Horn must respond to how he will fight a crowd six times larger than he used to face a record champion of seven divisions, power and speed are aiming world class.
“It was more than my dream come true … this is the next level sure,” Horn said this week. “I have a style that Pacquiao has not fought before.I think he’s going to fight.I’m bigger.I’m pretty fast too.I could hit him with a shot.”
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The coach of Hornos does not refer to the way Pacquiao was caught by lightning against veteran rival Juan Manuel Marquez, but almost five years, and Pacquiao’s sophisticated abilities and attention to defense, due to this loss has him Allowed to dominate all opponents, but Floyd Mayweather Jr.
And with Mayweather, 40, ending his retirement to fight UFC champion Conor McGregor during a boxing match August 26, Pacquiao expressed his hope that he marks his first love since 2009 encouraging Mayweather to consider revenge.
Pacquiao coach Freddie Roach said his fighter had posted several shots in combat and he appreciates the dedication and seriousness the veteran has brought to the camp, to an enemy that seems outdone.
The Westgate in Las Vegas Superbook ranked as a failed Horn 5-1, near where McGregor is based on Mayweather 7-1.
“We do not take anyone lightly,” Roach said.
Pacquiao expressed his enthusiasm for the prospect of being so ingrained, compared to his resounding victory 15 years ago against Marco Antonio Barrera in Mexico in San Antonio, Texas.
“I only had five fans for me and four of them were Freddie and my corner,” said Pacquiao. “It gives me more inspiration and concentration.”