Pacquiao vs Horn Fight Time, Undercard, Odds and Prediction
Pacquiao vs Horn Fight Schedule
Scheduled to take place at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, the “Battle of Brisbane” almost never came to be. In January of this year, the bout was announced but then Pacquiao decided to fight Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates after holding a fan poll on who he should fight next. This fight fell through however and is possibly being rescheduled for late in 2017 and by April, the Battle of Brisbane was finalized.
The fight will be aired on ESPN and ESPN Deportes in the USA but will be pay-per-view in Australia and the Philippines. As far as betting lines go, they are close to the Pacquiao-Vargas fight. The relatively unknown Horn opened as a +550 underdog while Pacquiao opened at -900 and the betting action has been mostly on the dog.
Big upsets happen in boxing like when Bradley won a controversial decision over Pacquiao or when Pacquiao himself beat Marco Antonio Barrera in 2003 as a featherweight. Horn looks to be the seventh boxer to hand Pacquiao a loss and he will have his chance as the bigger and longer fighter.
The underdog love for Horn is a bit of a surprise. Fans may be growing tired seeing the 38-year-old Senator outclass everyone outside Marquez and Mayweather but this may be a case of “too much too soon” for the young Australian. Horn will have the size, reach, and youth advantage but so did Jessie Vargas and Chris Algieri and Pacquiao went through them like a buzzsaw.
Even if Pacquiao is old, distracted, and past his prime, he should still beat Horn and -650 is good value for the Filipino legend.
Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO)
The naysayers may point to the fact Pacquiao is 38, past his prime, and too busy with his political responsibilities to stay hungry with boxing but even at this stage of his career he’s arguably the best welterweight on the planet. Pacquiao has been fighting since boyhood and muscle memory alone could lead him to victory over most of the division.
The eight-division world champion is still fast, durable, and throws punches from every angle attacking both the head and body of his confounded opponents. And his punches still have pop.
It would take a lot for Pacquiao to blow this fight. He’ll have to show up out of shape, unmotivated, and careless and even then he could probably still edge Horn just by his work rate alone. Pacquiao will punish Horn’s body and go to town when he finds his chin within the first four rounds. A tough nut to crack, Pacquiao could likely absorb Horn’s best punch and continue fighting. Relentless until the end, Pacquiao won’t take his foot off the pedal and will be the aggressor through 12 rounds.
Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KO)
Horn is currently ranked as the WBO’s world #2 welterweight. He was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Olympics. The only blemish on the 29-year-old’s record is a draw coming in his fourth fight. Horn has 11 knockouts with most of them coming via his stiff straight right.
Horn utilizes his reach effectively with his best punches being his jabs and straights. Albeit slow, Horn has a good gauge of distance and is patient in the timing of his punches and counter-punches. His durability is tested but not against someone like Pacquiao.
What he needs to do against Pacquiao is to keep him at range and make him respect his power. He can’t hope to trade punch-for-punch. Pacquiao is notorious for blitzing his opponents and throwing flurries of punches at blinding speed and Horn’s length will work against him as Pacquiao will brutalize his body and open him up. Horn is a tough customer and will likely go the distance but if he can keep the fight close enough and win at least a handful of rounds, he might sway a judge.Manny Pacquiao (-650) PLAY NOW
Pacquiao vs Horn Undercard
The Pacquiao-Horn card features two other championship fights with fellow Filipino Jerwin Ancajas defending his super flyweight belt against Teiru Kinoshita and a light heavyweight tilt pits Russian Umar Salamov against Australian Damien Hooper. Ancajas is the first world champion promoted by MP Promotions, Pacquiao’s promotional company. Salamov is unbeaten in 19 bouts and is ranked the 8th best boxer in the WBO world rankings. Kinoshita just lost to Zolani Tete for the super flyweight belt and is getting a second crack. Hooper is riding a three-fight winning streak.
- Welterweight: Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn
- Super flyweight: Jerwin Ancajas vs. Teiru Kinoshita
- Light heavyweight: Umar Salamov vs. Damien Hooper
- Middleweight: Dave Toussaint vs. Shane Mosley Jr
- Featherweight: Jarret Owen vs. Michael Conlan
- Bantamweight: Brock Jarvis vs. Andika Sabu
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