Pacquiao vs Horn Rematch Update
Pacquiao vs Horn II Will Be In Australia
Thanks to another judging controversy, Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn will do it again. The Australian pulled off the upset initially opening as a +550 underdog but getting bet down to +150 in some sites. Horn was the aggressor throughout the fight even though he took more damage. Pacquiao landed 182 total punches at a 32% clip to Horn’s 92 at 15%. Horn was busier throwing 625 in total including 428 power punches.
Pacquiao also hurt Horn to the point the referee had to talk to Horn. But take nothing away from Horn. He was tough and took it to the Filipino legend. The rematch is now expected to take place somewhere in November, which is storm season for Australia. This automatically ruled out the Suncorp Stadium due to the potential for inclement weather conditions and the fight may now be at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, the north side of town. Ticket prices will go up as a result of the venue only having 15,000 seats versus the 52,500 the Stadium had.
Promoter Dean Lonergen stated he was still negotiating with the Queensland Government about the rematch and it’s too early to speculate but both boxers have already shown high interest in doing it again. Dan Rafael of ESPN reported Pacquiao earning a cool $10 million and Horn cashing $500,000 in guaranteed checks. They also get a cut of the gate receipts. The rematch is sure to peak viewer interest as both men engaged enthusiastically.
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) 2 juillet 2017
Controversy aside, this isn’t the first time Pacquiao didn’t win the decision despite statistical evidence he was the better fighter. In 2004, as a significant underdog, Pacquiao drew with Juan Manuel Marquez in their first of four epic clashes as a judge failed to score a knockdown for the “Pacman”. In 2012, he also lost a decision to Timothy Bradley Jr. It would go down as one of the sport’s biggest robberies. Still, Pacquiao came back strong to win both rematches.
Pacquiao vs Horn Rematch Potential Odds
No odds have been released yet but the near-certainty of the fight could lead to them opening sooner than later. Pacquiao opened at -900 against Horn but got bet up to as low as -150. The eight-division world champion put a beating on Horn despite being pushed back for half the fight. Horn’s aggressiveness won the judges over and at 38-years-old, Pacquiao’s better days are behind him. That said, he’s still the better fighter and might fight with more urgency.
Pacquiao was on the losing end in one of boxing’s most confounding decisions but was still a decided favourite in the rematch. The added experience and confidence from the previous bout will stick with Horn. The Australian now has a marquee victory to solidify him as one of the sport’s prospects to keep an eye out on but Pacquiao tends to historically do better in the first rematch.
Expect Pacquiao to again be a big favourite heading into the rematch but not higher than his original odds. Horn will still have some kick to his underdog price. In the first fight, betting odds significantly trended towards Horn and it’ll be interesting to see the line movement should Pacman open at more affordable odds. With upsets from the likes of Tony Bellew and Tyson Fury over the established talents of David Haye and Wladimir Klitscho, respectively, underdogs are making waves.
With the Mayweather-McGregor fight already a prime example of a one-way swing towards the dog, online sportsbooks are recording unspeakable profits. Canadians are part of that action thanks to solid promotions like a signup bonus of up to $200. The Pacquiao vs Horn rematch will be a relatively lowkey big fight given all the megafights before it. But it’s bound to be action-packed and another lucrative opportunity for those looking to ride the underdog to big winnings again.
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