HERE’S everything you need to know about Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn in Brisbane including live, round by round coverage of the fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2 and fight time, undercard and tickets.
Suncorp Stadium on July 2.
What time does it start?
The main card kicks off at 11am AEST time and there’s three fights scheduled before the main event, so the big one should kick off at about 1:45pm.
How can I watch?
Main Event have the rights to the fight in Australia, and for $49.95 you can watch it in your own home.
Alternatively you could duck down to the pub. Make sure you call ahead of time to confirm they’re buying the fight.
Can I still get tickets?
You sure can. The cheapest tickets are going for $39 while you can get a seat on the field itself for $304.25.
Who’s going to win?
Probably Pacquiao is the strong favourite. He’s never really been the same since Juan Manuel Marquez knocked him out in 2012 but he should still have enough to beat Horn.
Pacquiao (59-6-2) is one of the true greats of modern day boxing, the only eight-division world champion in the sports history and even though he’s past his athletic prime he’s still savvy enough to get the win over the game but vastly less experienced Horn (16-0-1).
This fight has attracted some criticism in Europe and America due to Horn’s low international profile. Horn has just 17 professional fights to his name and his most notable victory, his 2016 win over Randall Bailey, was over an opponent long past his best.
Horn is a talented fighter with a compelling story and the former schoolteacher is one of Australia’s best fighting exports for some time. If he can score an upset over the Filipino it will propel him to boxing superstardom — the fight will be televised live across America on ESPN.
What should I bet on?
Pacquiao is $1.20 to Horn’s $4.50 while a Pacquiao decision is $1.95. A Horn knockout is $6.00 if you’re feeling adventurous.
Who is on the undercard?
In terms of the prelim card, the most interesting bout is between Australian light-heavyweight Damien Hooper (12-1) and Russian prospect Umar Salamov (19-0).
On the main card, keep an eye out for featherweight Michael Conlon (2-0). The Irishman made headlines during the 2016 Olympics for an expletive-laden rant surrounding the corruption of amateur boxing and has two knockouts in his first two professional fights. He’ll take on Jarrett Owen (5-4-3), a local boy he should handle easily.
The other fight of note is the showdown or the IBF World Junior Bantamweight title between another Filipino, Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1), and Japan’s own. Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1).