Boxing legend and Senator Manny Pacquiao returns to the Philippines on August 24 as he takes a timeout from breaking records inside the ring to promote a world title bout.

‘Pacman’ who delivered a stunning performance against the previously undefeated Keith Thurman in July, is staging the fight under MP Promotions alongside Sean Gibbons.

The welterweight titleholder will host a mouth-watering showdown between two-division king John Riel Casimero and Mexico’s Cesar Ramirez in Manila.

The Filipino won the WBO Interim Bantamweight strap in his most recent fight after inflicting a KO defeat to Ricardo Espinoza. Casimero, a fellow compatriot of Pacquiao, knows a victory will see him become mandatory challenger to WBO titlist Zolani Teti. ‘Quadro Alas’ has won three successive contests since returning to the ring in 2018. He has won IBF world titles at light-flyweight and flyweight, respectively.

The 29-year-old started preparation with eight-weight ruler Pacquiao in LA. He is currently training at the MP Stable in Davao City under Nonoy Neri. Casimero aims to continue his charge on the bantamweight division. He faces a stern test in Ramirez, though, who is ranked inside the top 10 of the WBO rankings. Since tasting defeat to former unified world champion Ryan Burnett, the Mexican is on a six-fight winning streak, with five inside the distance.

The Manny Pacquiao Championship Boxing event will see another intriguing duel at 118lbs as Vincent Astrolabio takes on Kevin Aseniero. The bout is an all-Filipino battle for the WBO Oriental belt in the co-feature of the evening. This is a show not to miss and it all goes down on August 24 at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila on August 24.


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) retained his title with a hard fought eleventh round TKO over #10 rated Gary Corcoran (17-2, 7 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was a competitive fight early. Horn was cut over the left eye in round six. Corcoran was cut over the left eye in round eight. Horn took over down the stretch and referee Benjy Esteves waved it off at 1:35 the eleventh round due to the condition of Corcoran’s eye.

At the time of the stoppage, Horn was ahead 100-90, 99-91, 99-91. Next up for “The Hornet” is likely #1 rated Terence “Bud” Crawford in the Spring in Las Vegas.

2012 Australian Olympian Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) is very eager to get in the ring with Manny Pacquiao for a second time.

Last week, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank confirmed to that his fighter had exercised an immediate rematch clause to meet Horn in the ring before the year is out.

Last month, Horn pulled off a major upset when he secured the WBO welterweight world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Pacquiao before a crowd of 51,000 fans at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The decision was deemed controversial by a lot of observers, who felt Pacquiao had done enough to win. But nobody disagrees with the fact that Pacquiao’s performance was flat and his activity was lacking.

Horn wants to prove that his victory was no fluke.

“I’m happy for a rematch, especially after all the flak I received before the second scoring came out. Now it’s out, I still receive people saying I didn’t win. I’m willing to prove it again and beat him for the second time,” Horn said to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’m still proving a point. I’ve got to make sure I train just as hard. I never say I want a knockout but it’s always easier if the fight ends before the 12th round. I can improve a lot more from where I have been in the past. I think I did well in the last fight, I’ll do better the second time,” he said. “I’ve done it before, I know what I have to do to try hard and do it again. I know I can push through to more levels.”

The rematch, like the first, will take place in Horn’s backyard of Australia, likely on a date in November. Because of the winter weather, the rematch will have to take place indoors. The paper notes that the Queensland government has first and last rights but their entertainment centre only holds 13,000 fans. Melbourne has Etihad Stadium with a roof while Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena holds 21,000.–119266

Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti believes the scorecard of 117-111, issued as part of Jeff Horn’s upset win over Manny Pacquiao earlier this win, created the bulk of the issues with the fans and critics who were angered by the outcome.

Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), who was a tremendous underdog, won a twelve round unanimous decision over Pacquiao before a crowd of 51,000 fans at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The three judges scored it 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111.

Moretti believes if all three judges had scored it 115-113 – there may not have been such a big outcry over Horn’s victory.

“I think whenever you do a fight and you are there in person as opposed to sitting in front of a television, you can have different opinions on who won the fight. I think the one thing everybody can agree on was that it was a close fight. I think the biggest problem of it was that the first score announced that Waleska Roldan came in with 117-111, and it just wasn’t that type of fight, so that sort of set the tone for controversy and people going crazy over the decision,” Moretti said to On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

“If all three judges would have had it 115-113, I’m not so sure that you would have seen the outcry that you did, but when the first score announced is 117-111, people were ‘Oh this is crazy, it wasn’t that type of a fight,’ and it wasn’t, it was a close fight either way. I think that sort of set the tone and the language for people to go and complain about it. I think it was a close fight and Jeff Horn got it, so people thought at ring side that Jeff Horn legitimately won it, and a lot of people thought that Manny won it.”

There is a rematch clause in the contract. Pacquiao has yet to exercise that option. The Filipino superstar is currently a senator in the Philippines and some members of his team believe the boxer’s successful political career has created some issues when it comes to having a well run training camp.

“I think Manny should take some time with what his decision is going to be. I think he has to try and figure a way to balance out being a senator and still being a professional fighter. Once he can figure that out, then he’ll have a clearer path for us to see what he wants to do. But it’s his decision and we will wait to see what he wants to do,” Moretti said.–118740

Two weeks ago, Australian Jeff Horn pulled off a shock welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao – but there was a lot of controversy over the scorecards [115-113, 115-113, 117-111] and there were many who felt Pacquiao should have been the victor.

As previously reported on, the World Boxing Organization reviewed the fight with five independent judges and they declared Horn the clear winner.

The WBO — which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven — set up a panel of independent and anonymous judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.

The results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement.

A similar method has been used to review WBO title fights before.

“Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round was won by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent,” the WBO said in a statement.

“Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 percent; and then, the 10th round by 60 percent. From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”

The loss sparked calls in the Philippines for the 38-year-old Pacquiao, a national icon after rising from poverty to be considered one of the greatest fighters of his generation, to retire and concentrate on politics.

Pacquiao briefly quit boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said the result of the World Boxing Organization’s review “doesn’t settle anything.”

“First of all they didn’t [rule] that Jeff Horn clearly won the fight. They (WBO) had five judges scoring the fight: three had Horn winning narrowly, one had it at draw, one had Pacquiao winning,” Arum told News To Go in an interview.

“Well it doesn’t settle anything. It was a very close fight. It could have been scored either way. I had Manny winning the fight by one point, but you know when it gets that close, the fight can go either way.”

“Manny has to decide what he wants to do in the future and we’ll take it from there. I will see whether he really wants to do a rematch, whether he wants to continue boxing, or whether because of his senatorial duty, he is unable to continue.”

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Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has revealed that his star pupil for the last decade, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, barely spoke to him in the aftermath of the recent twelve round decision loss to Jeff Horn.

The loss unexpected, with nearly every expert picking Pacquiao to either dominate or knock the untested Horn out. Neither happened, with Horn winning a unanimous decision based on scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113.

There is a rematch clause in play, if Pacquiao decides to go in that direction.

After the contest was over at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Roach claims that Pacquiao wouldn’t even say two words to him or look him in the eyes. Roach also claims that he’s yet to be paid for his work in the fight.

“I was trying to see where his head was at, and I could not even get him to say hi to me. I don’t know if he was upset with me or what,” Roach told Sports Illustrated.

“I really don’t know if he’s mad at me. But I can tell you this: I haven’t been paid yet. So who knows?”

In the weeks leading up to the fight, Roach had warned that if Pacquiao struggled against a fighter like Horn – it was likely time for the 38-year-old veteran to retire from the sport.

Roach wonders if Pacquiao was being silent because he was worried that his trainer would advise him to hang up the gloves.

“Maybe that’s what he thought I was there to tell him,” Roach says. “But I wouldn’t pick that moment. There were a lot of people. I wouldn’t embarrass anybody like that. He was definitely avoiding me.”

Roach explained that Pacquiao fought in a manner that he’s never seen in over ten years of working with the Filipino star.

“Manny wasn’t himself. He didn’t look like the Manny Pacquiao I’ve known for a long time. It was almost over in the ninth. One more round like that and, man … he just couldn’t do it,” Roach says.–118385?print_friendly=1

Jeff Horn has welcomed a World Boxing Organisation review that has concluded he was the true victor of his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao.

The 29-year-old Australian said it was “super timing” as he prepared to board a flight to the United States, where he is set to meet some of the biggest critics of his contentious points win over Pacquiao at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

“It gives me evidence behind me that I can just use now. Instead of saying I think I won the fight, now a heap of other people – professionally – think I won the fight,” Horn told reporters at Brisbane Airport on Tuesday morning.

A WBO statement declared that Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao’s five and was a rightful winner. Five independent judges reviewed the fight, watching without sound, and delivered their decision.

Horn and Filipino veteran Pacquiao squared off in a hyped-up fight at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium last week, with the Australian underdog being named the winner in a points decision after 12 rounds of boxing failed to produce a knockout result. The result from the judges was a unanimous win to Horn — with the scores coming in at 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 — but many of those watching, including Pacquiao’s camp, were outraged at the result.

The controversy led the WBO to re-score the fight, but once again, Horn has been named the winner after the results were released on Tuesday morning

“The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important,” the WBO said in a statement on its website.

“The WBO does not have power to reverse the judges’ decision based on discretion as it can only be revoked when fraud or a violation of law has occurred, which is not relevant in this case. Based on this, five anonymous, competent judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound.

“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds… Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”–118371?print_friendly=1

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao no sólo tuvo que disputar los 12 asaltos en una pelea en que era considerado el amplio favorito. El filipino terminó perdiendo el cetro welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo por un fallo unánime pero controversial.

No era precisamente lo que esperaba el entrenador de Pacquiao ni el púgil 11 veces monarca mundial, cuyo futuro ha quedado ahora en la incertidumbre.

Freddie Roach, el entrenador de Pacquiao, sugirió que su pupilo de años lograría un nocaut “rápido y dulce” en el combate del domingo, denominado “Batalla de Brisbane. En vez de ello, el local Jeff Horn se impuso por puntos en su primer pleito por un título mundial, ante el delirio de 51.052 espectadores.

El también senador filipino de 38 años llegó a esta ciudad australiana una semana antes de la pelea, en un vuelo fletado que transportaba a más de un centenar de seguidores. Se marcha sin el cinturón de la OMB.

Los tres jueces dieron la victoria a Horn. El estadounidense Waleska Roldan dio 117-111, su compatriota Chris Flores entregó una anotación de 115.113, al igual que el argentino Ramón Cerdán.

Varios críticos consideraron localista el fallo. Destacan las estadísticas según las cuales Pacquiao propinó dos veces más golpes de poder que su adversario.

“Es la decisión de los jueces y la respeto”, comentó Pacquiao, citado por ESPN. “Tenemos una cláusula de revancha, así que no hay problema”.

En ese sentido, el futuro próximo del filipino sería un nuevo enfrentamiento ante el australiano. Más allá de eso, el panorama no es tan claro.

Durante la semana, Roach había dicho que Pacquiao tendría dos alternativas después de enfrentar a Horn: Buscar un segundo combate frente a Floyd Mayweather o contemplar el retiro.

“Manny está en una situación en que debe ganar. Quiere una revancha con Mayweather”, comentó Roach. “Con Mayweather hay que lucir bien ante un rival, hay que impresionar”.

Difícilmente “Money” Mayweather está impresionado.

El entrenador de acondicionamiento físico de Pacquiao, Justin Fortune, no se guardó los comentarios negativos hacia los jueces.

“Manny perdió la pelea, pero Jeff Horn parece una calabaza”, dijo Fortune en referencia al rostro enrojecido, hinchado y ensangrentado de su compatriota australiano. “¿Qué hay entonces con esas anotaciones, con esas tarjetas? Estaban al revés”.

No obstante, Fortune aceptó que Pacquiao debió haber conjurado el riesgo de un fallo controversial.

“Cuando peleas en casa de otro, necesitas hacer más cosas. Es mejor noquearlo”, comentó. “Así es el boxeo. A veces te da y en otras te quita. Pero cuando vienes a casa de alguien debes tener mejores argumentos y nunca dejar esto en manos de los jueces”.

Horn comenzó fuerte y ganó al menos tres de los primeros cinco asaltos en las anotaciones. Pero Pacquiao, quien recibió dos veces atención por una cortada en la cabeza (en el sexto y séptimo round), pareció dominar las hostilidades desde el octavo.

Estuvo cerca de finiquitar el pleito en el noveno, cuando golpeó de forma inclemente a Horn, quien se tambaleó. Incluso el réferi Mark Nelson preguntó al local si podía seguir.

El exprofesor de escuela, de 29 años, respondió afirmativamente. Confiaba en que tenía la ventaja en las tarjetas.

“Desde luego me sentía algo aturdido, pero… tenía que continuar”, indicó. “No me doy por vencido. Los australianos no se rinden para empezar. Hemos demostrado que somos unos ganadores. Fue la verdadera Batalla de Brisbane, absolutamente increíble”.

El copromotor Bob Arum consideró que “fue una pelea apretada, que pudo ser para cualquiera”.

“Hubo un par de rounds apretados, pero no se puede discutir con el resultado”, manifestó. “Hice la anotación y vi que Jeff ganó muchos de los primeros rounds. Luego vi que Manny había repuntado a la mitad de la pelea. Jeff realmente ganó el duodécimo. Si le das a Manny el 11, tienes un empate, si le das a Jeff el 11, es 7-5”.

Roach no está tan seguro ahora de que sea el momento del retiro. Tampoco Horn considera que Pacquiao vaya a alejarse pronto de los cuadriláteros.

“Estoy seguro de que querrá volver. Fue una decisión cerrada, y estoy seguro de que él quiere regresar y demostrar algo”, dijo.

Arum confirmó que hay una cláusula de revancha. Sin embargo, aclaró que esperará antes de hablar con Pacquiao sobre el tema.

“No conozco la postura de Manny en el futuro. ¿Va a seguir en la política y a dejar el boxeo? No lo sé y él tampoco”, sentenció Arum. “Sería injusto preguntarle ahora”.


Michael Koncz, the long-time adviser to eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, agrees with the opinion of Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum – who felt Pacquiao’s corner was overconfident and unprepared for last weekend’s world title defense against 2012 Australian Olympian Jeff Horn.

Pacquiao’s head trainer, Freddie Roach, and other members of the corner, admit they very surprised with the toughness and the durability of Horn. Prior to the contest, they were giving Horn zero chance of wining.

Horn upset the odds, winning a twelve round unanimous decision to capture Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title before a crowd of over 51,000 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The three judges were in agreement, scoring the contest 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111 for Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs).

The veteran promoter believes the entire corner dropped the ball in what was a very winnable fight for the eight division world champion. And Arum says the entire corner should be on point here – including head trainer Freddie Roach, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, conditioning coach Justin Fortune and cut man Miguel Diaz.

“What the hell is wrong with that corner? Why wasn’t Freddie Roach out in the ring between rounds yelling at the referee? It’s his job, and there’s confusion in the corner with the languages, with Buboy and Miguel Diaz yelling and screaming like a maniac,” said Arum to The Los Angeles Times.

“And Freddie has to stay close to Manny to give him some advice … to me, they were so overconfident going in — Justin Fortune tells the press that the only way Horn can win is if Manny trips going into the ring. I had seen the kid. I told everybody he was a big, tough kid who could take a punch. I didn’t think he’d beat Manny, but it wasn’t the same Manny.”

Koncz, also felt the corner was lacking.

“The corner didn’t have a strategy. They were all amazed Jeff Horn was such a tough, rugged fighter and they didn’t adapt to it. There’s a lot of blame to go around, but the bottom line is the kid had a lot of heart and came to win and did everything he could to get it, and the referee let him do more than he should have,” Koncz said.

“If we go back to Australia, I’ll be more involved with the promotion and the selection of the judges and referee. I relied heavily on the WBO. Everybody can be blamed for everything for this. If we do have a rematch, there’s got to be a lot of changes. We’re not sure he’s ever going to fight again. I told Manny before the fight that if things didn’t happen, we would sit down and make decisions on what we need to do.”–118194?print_friendly=1

170706 Letter to the Games & Amusement Board

July 6, 2017

Games and Amusements Board

Mr. Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra – Chairman


Messrs. Eduard B. Trinidad & Mr. Matthew P. Gaston


2/F Legaspi Tower 200,

Paseo de Roxas St.

Legaspi Village Makati City 1226, Philippines

Re: 7/2/17 Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn Bout – Australia


I refer to your letter dated July 3rd 2017 requesting, “…a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity.

We are making this request for a review, which may call for sanctions on the referee and judges if so warranted, in furtherance of our mutual goal of protecting the integrity of the sport and even more improving the boxing industry that we all love.”

We must make it clear that an Official’s discretion, whether Judge or Referee, is irrevocable. The decision of an Official should only be revoked when fraud or violations of the Law occur. I assure you that the Officials who participated in this fight are all professional, distinguished, honest and honorable human beings. Can you imagine the Nevada State Athletic Commission investigating Referee Tony Weeks because he did not deduct points during the Kovalev fight!

The World Boxing Organization does not have jurisdiction in the first instance to revoke any decision, as that would correspond to the Australian National Boxing Federation.

I would be very grateful if the Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) can provide any evidence indicating fraud or violation of Law. Please forward it immediately to the Australian National Boxing Federation and to the WBO so that we may proceed accordingly.

Although this is the situation, as I previously publicly stated, we will appoint five (5) anonymous competent Judges from different countries to watch the bout without sound distraction. Then, we will tabulate the results to ascertain clearly which rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 per cent. This means that 3 of the 5 officials have to agree to determine which fighter won the round.

The purpose of this review is to be able to give the fans certainty of who was the winner of the bout, even though we do not have the power to reverse the decision of the Judges based on discretion and, in this case, we do have a rematch clause on the fight contract.

I take this opportunity to wish you success in all your endeavors and tell you that I was most pleased to have had the opportunity of personally greeting you in Australia last week.

Thank you.

Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

cc: Luis Batista Salas, Esq.

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) was not happy with the way Teddy Atlas spoke to him, during their post-fight interview.

Horn is the new owner of the WBO championship after a controversial points victory against Pacquiao on Sunday in a brutal slugfest at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The unanimous decision in favour of the 29-year-old has prompted a storm of debate over the scorecards, with a host of prominent US celebrities, broadcasters and sports stars weighing in, and some even suggesting the outcome was rigged.

Judges Waleksa Roldan (117-111), Chris Flores (115-113) and Ramon Cerdan (115-113) adjudicated the fight. Roldan and Flores are from the United States and Cerdan is from Argentina, yet there have been accusations it was a hometown decision.

According to CompuBox statistics, Horn landed just 92 punches to Pacquaio’s 182, but some rounds were tight and difficult to score.

Atlas, a veteran trainer and longtime boxing analyst, was working ringside as part of ESPN’s broadcast team.

When the decision was announced, Atlas was furious and expressed his anger to millions of viewers who were catching ESPN’s coverage.

“They gave a trophy, a win, a huge win to Horn, the local kid for trying hard,” Atlas moaned. “You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard, you’re supposed to get it for winning!”

Then, in a post-fight interview at ringside, Atlas told Horn to his face that he didn’t think he won the fight.

“Congratulations, great effort, but I thought you lost,” Atlas said. Pacquiao, standing alongside them, cracked a wide smile.

On Monday, Horn explained that he felt the timing of Atlas’ rant was lacking class.

“Everyone has a right to their opinion. The timing of their opinions can be a bit off sometimes. He was trying to ruin the moment for me at that point. It would have been good for him to say it another time. Say what you want, Teddy,” Horn said.–118159?print_friendly=1

Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum felt Manny Pacquiao was overconfident when he entered the ring last Saturday night against Jeff Horn at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Horn, a 2012 Australian Olympian, pulled off a shocking upset with a twelve round unanimous decision over Pacquiao to capture the WBO welterweight championship – before a crowd of over 50,000 fans at the venue.

The judges scored it 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111 – with all three backing Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs).

Pacquiao admitted afterwards that he didn’t realize how tough Horn was.

Arum was angered by some of the pre-fight comments that were being made by Pacquiao’s handlers – who were calling Horn a “tuneup” opponent and gave him zero chance of winning.  

Arum had warned them over and over that Horn was not a walkover opponent.

“As what happens when you go in overconfident and you know you have the morons in his corner saying that the only way Horn could win the fight is Manny trips his way to the ring. What kind of sh*t is that? I mean I saw the kid fight in New Zealand. I knew he was a competent fighter. I knew it would be a tough fight,” Arum said to News To Go.

Pacquiao intends to exercise a rematch clause. Arum is not going to force the issue on him.

“If Manny wants a rematch, I would do it. But I am not advocating a rematch. That’s up to Manny,” Arum said.

There were many observers who felt the outcome was controversial, with Pacquiao being robbed of a win.

Arum disagrees with the public outcry. He felt the contest was very close and far from a robbery.

“It was a close fight. It could have gone either way. A couple of close rounds, but you can’t argue with the result,” Arum said.–118167?print_friendly=1

New WBO World Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn.

Jeff Horn poses for the media with his WBO World Welterweight belt.  Credit Photo Source:Getty Images

JEFF Horn walked away with the biggest scalp of his boxing career, claiming the WBO welterweight title with victory over legend Manny Pacquiao.

But Horn didn’t look like a winner as he emerged from celebrations on Monday.

The new welterweight champion looked like he’d been in every bit of a dogfight with Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium.

Horn and Pacquiao went toe to toe for twelve brutal rounds, the intensity unlike anything we’ve seen in recent times. It was as barbaric as it was captivating, both men left battered, bloody and broken.

The Filipino legend landed 182 punches to the face of Horn in the 12 round slugfest.

Jeff Horn shows the punishment sustained at the hands of Pacquiao. Credit:  Source:AAP

123 of those shots were Pacquiao’s power punches. The impact clearly showing on the face of the Queenslander post-fight.

An accidental head clash midway through the fight opened a cut over Horn’s right eye.

In round nine referee Mark Nelson warned Horn’s corner that he’d call time on their fighter if the Aussie didn’t show more.

“You’ve had enough. Show me something in this round or I’m stopping the fight,” Nelson said.

It was in the previous three minute period that Horn came drastically close to having his world title dream quashed.

 Jeff Horn shows the scars of war with Pacquiao.  Credit Photo Source:AFP

Pacquiao had Horn hurt with two big right hands. The Australian didn’t go down, but his legs buckled and he was literally hanging on, using the clinch to soak up some precious seconds, in an attempt to recover.

But Horn did recover. He showed tremendous heart to fight back and take the fight via unanimous decision.

Horn’s corner managed the cut superbly, they rubbed adrenaline into the wound at the end of every round. Trainer Glenn Rushton managing the wounds and continuing to fill his fighter with confidence, urging him on towards victory.

 Jeff Horn’s corner go to work in between rounds.  Photo Credit: Source:Getty Images

It was a war in every sense of the word.

Horn looked very different from the squeaky clean fighter we saw at the pre-fight press conference and weigh-in.

 Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn at the pre-fight press conference.  Credit Photo:  Source:AFP

The Australian resembled every bit of the schoolteacher he once was, before turning professional and dedicating himself to the sport full-time.

On Sunday, he transformed into a brute, bullying Pacquiao at times, using his size and reach advantage to the fullest.

 Jeff Horn. The official weigh in for Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Credit Pic: Peter Wallis Source:News Corp Australia

But Horn wasn’t alone in suffering punishment.

Defeated champion Manny Pacquiao also walked away masked in blood. He suffered two cuts as a result of accidental head clashes with the Australian.

At least Horn fronted the cameras, Pacquiao’s post-fight press conference was abandoned.


  Jeff Horn speaks to the media after winning the WBO World Welterweight title. Credit Photo:  Source:Getty Images

Horn isn’t the first to show how brutal the fight game can be.

Australian UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt was soundly beaten by current UFC champion Stipe Miocic when the two clashed in Adelaide back in May 2015.

Punch stats released post-fight showed that Miocic had landed a total of 361 punches to 46.

That was a new UFC record, beating the previous record for total strikes landed of UFC legend Royce Gracie (355).

Paige VanZant is another who has worn the scars of the fight game.

The UFC beauty was taken apart by “Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson in their fight.

VanZant showed tremendous heart against her more experienced opponent, but “12 gauge” Paige was picked off every time she rushed forward, before submitting to a brutal body lock.

Her face post-fight said the story. It was a fight she was never in.

It wasn’t the first time VanZant was left a bloody mess in the Octagon either. The UFC glamour girl was badly beaten by Rose Namajunas last December, a crushing defeat for a fighter on the rise.

Defeated champion Manny Pacquiao also walked away masked in blood. He suffered two cuts as a result of accidental head clashes with the Australian.

At least Horn fronted the cameras, Pacquiao’s post-fight press conference was abandoned. But unlike Paige VanZant and Mark Hunt, Horn walked away victorious — as the new WBO welterweight champion, meaning every drop of blood, bump and bruise was worth it.


Jeff Horn (17-0-1) burst onto the scene in a big way Sunday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, when he defeated Manny Pacquiao, via unanimous decision, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, to claim the WBO welterweight title. 

The result was a stunner considering the staggering difference in pedigrees between the fighters, which was illustrated in the final betting line. According to Odds Shark, Horn was a 6-1 underdog, while Pacquiao was a heavy favorite at 1-4 odds. 

The loss will raise plenty of questions about Pacquiao’s future, since he was angling to capture a convincing win over the unproven Horn and use it as a springboard to one more big payday. 

According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Pacquiao earned $10 million up front plus a portion of Filipino television sales for his participation, while Horn made $500,000 guaranteed plus a cut of the gate money.

But after taking home the win, Horn will be staring at some bigger paydays down the line. 

The Australian challenger came out charged up, and he landed several big blows in the early going to signal he wouldn’t back down. In fact,  CompuBox noted Horn posted an 8-6 edge in power punches landed during the first three minutes. 

And as Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole observed, Horn’s unconventional style wasn’t easy for Pacquiao to grasp at the outset: 

Kevin Iole
Horn is so awkward it’s going to be difficult for Manny for a while

But with something of an unhinged approach, Horn opened himself up to serious punishment—and Pacquiao pounced on opportunities thanks to flurries of combinations. 

ESPN Stats & Info offered a look at the disparity in effectiveness as things progressed: 

ESPN Stats & Info

Through 4 rounds, Manny Pacquiao landed more punches than Jeff Horn. 

Horn refused to back down and continued to throw haymakers at Pacquiao—most notably during Rounds 6 and 7—and his persistence made for an entertaining clash for an American audience that tuned in late on a Saturday night, per’s Myron Medcalf: 

Myron Medcalf 


This free fight is 100x better than the $100 fight we’ll pay for next month between McGregor and Mayweather.

The tide seemed to turn for good in Round 9 when Pacquiao cranked up the intensity and wobbled Horn significantly, but the 29-year-old stood tall at the urging of his corner and gutted out the final three rounds in impressive fashion. 

With that context in mind, The Undefeated’s Mike Wise drew a fitting parallel as things wrapped up:

Mike Wise

Who called this Rocky-Apollo I? That’s exactly what it’s like. Horn trying to survive in his hometown, bloodied, beaten but unbowed.

But as seemingly every observer noted, the unanimous decision was a stunner, especially with one scorecard reading 117-111, since Pacquiao appeared to be the more polished fighter despite an absence of major power:



Manny Pacquiao out landed Jeff Horn in 11 of the 12 rounds. Pacquiao out landed Horn, 182-92. 

Pacquiao will now face major questions about his future as Horn ascends to the top of the welterweight division.

As trainer Freddie Roach noted before the fight, Pacquiao needed an impressive showing—and likely a knockout, a result he still hasn’t secured since 2009—in order to secure a coveted rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

“Jeff could derail us really badly. Manny is in a must-win situation; he wants a rematch with Mayweather,” Roach said, per the Australian Associated Press (via the Guardian). “And with Mayweather you have to look good against an opponent; you have to be impressive.”

For now, though, the focus will be on second fight with Horn since there is a rematch clause in their contract.

Date:  Saturday, July 2, 2017

WBO Welterweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Promoter:    Top Rank / Bob Arum

Supervisor:   Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Referee:  Mark Nelson

Judges:  Waleska Roldan (117-111), Chris Flores (115-113), Ramon Cerdan (115-113)

Results:   The WBO Welterweight Title was obtained by a new World Champion Jeff Horn against Manny Pacquiao by Unanimous Decision.

TV: USA ESPN, Panama RPC Channel 4, Australia Main Event, New Zealand Sky Arena, Canada Super Channel

By Cliff Rold

The road show is nothing new for a star on the wane.

With his numbers down from what they were in the States, if still strong for most fighters, Manny Pacquiao is hitting the road this weekend (Saturday, ESPN, 9 PM PST/6 PM PST). Pacquiao is fighting outside the US and it’s hard to argue with the business results. The Suncorp Stadium in Australia is going to look great on the broadcast.

Will Pacquiao look great too?

Much of that will come down to the question: who is Jeff Horn?

Anonymous to even most hardcore fight followers, Horn didn’t even turn professional until after the fourth fateful battle between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. There are some recognizable names on his record, faded versions of Randall Bailey and Ali Funeka, but none of them give him recognition yet.

He’ll determine whether he can attain that Saturday night.

Let’s go the report card.

The Ledgers

Manny Pacquiao
Age: 38
Current Titles: WBO Welterweight (2016-Present, 1st Attempted Defense)
Previous Titles: Lineal/WBC World Flyweight (1998-99, 1 Defense); IBF Super Bantamweight) 2001-03, 4 Defenses); Lineal/Ring World Featherweight (2003-05, 2 Defenses); Lineal/Ring/WBC World Jr. Lightweight (2008); WBC Lightweight (2008-09); Lineal/Ring World Jr. Welterweight (2009-10); WBC Light Middleweight (2010); WBO Welterweight, (2009-12, 3 Defenses; 2014-15, 1 Defense); TBRB/Lineal Welterweight (2016; Retired)
Height: 5’5 ½
Weight: 146 lbs.
Hails from: General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines
Record: 59-6-2, 38 KO, 3 KOBY
Rankings: #1 (BoxingScene, TBRB, ESPN, Boxing Monthly, BoxRec); #4 (Ring)
Record in Major Title Fights: 20-3-2, 11 KO, 1 KOBY (including Lineal title Fights)
Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: Chatchai Sasakul KO8; Medgoen Singsurat TKO3; Lehlo Ledwaba KO6; Agapito Sanchez Tech. Draw 6; Jorge Eliecer Julio TKO2; Marco Antonio Barrera TKO11, UD12; Juan Manuel Marquez D12, SD12, MD12, KO by 6; Erik Morales L12, TKO10, KO3; Oscar Larios UD12; David Diaz TKO9; Oscar De La Hoya RTD8; Ricky Hatton KO2; Miguel Cotto TKO12; Joshua Clottey UD12; Antonio Margarito UD12; Shane Mosley UD12; Timothy Bradley L12, UD12, UD12; Brandon Rios UD12; Chris Algieri UD12; Floyd Mayweather L12; Jessie Vargas UD12


Jeff Horn
Age: 29
Current Titles/Previous Titles: None
Height: 5’9
Weight: 147 lbs.
Hails from: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Record: 16-0-1, 11 KO
Rankings: Unrated
Record in Major Title Fights: 1st Title Opportunity
Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: Randall Bailey RTD7

Pre-Fight: Speed – Pacquiao A-; Horn B
Pre-Fight: Power – Pacquiao B+; Horn B
Pre-Fight: Defense – Pacquiao B+; Horn B-
Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Pacquiao A; Horn B

If Horn is going to win, his feet and a tricky right hand will be his deliverance. He’s not as fast as Pacquiao, not even this older version. Horn does have canny timing with the right; he throws it straight and as a timed looping lead. The challenger also has a good, hard, straight jab. He can sit down inside but, at least in his last few fights, seems to feel more comfortable using his feet to create space.

He’s going to need space with Pacquiao.

While he throws far less than he did in his prime, sometimes closer to half of what he did against the like of Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito many years ago, Pacquiao is still effective in picking spots and stringing together combinations. His feet are also still an asset, allowing him to get in and out and around younger foes.

Along with his talent, there is a reservoir of experience opponents have to overcome. There is a reason all three of Pacquiao’s clean losses since 1999 have been to first ballot Hall of Fame talent.

Both guys can be hit. Horn has decent head movement but against Funeka and Bailey he seemed wide open for the jab at times. Pacquiao, the shorter man, may find an advantage there from his southpaw stance. Horn will have a height edge and could try to muscle Pacquiao when they get in close but he’d be open to the body. Funeka put Horn down with a sharp body shot in their fight.

In terms of intangibles, one guy is Pacquiao and one is a guy fighting a live, world-class talent for the first time. What we’ve seen so far from Horn is promising but he’s fighting someone unlike anything he’s seen to date. To his credit, when he was down he got up and won. He’s handled a cut. Adversity isn’t a stranger.

How much adversity will Pacquiao provide? Is this the night where he finally creeps towards the boxing rocking chair? His performances against Bradley and Vargas last year indicate he’s still got a lot left. It’s up to Horn to prove he can top the efforts of those two more proven foes. 

The Pick

Watching his last three fights, it was hard to shake the thought that Horn wouldn’t even belong in the ring with a prime Manny Pacquiao. This isn’t a prime Pacquiao and still nothing about Horn suggests he’s in league with the last two men Pacquiao defeated. It’s hard to gauge before any fight just what youth, hunger, and a massive hometown crowd can mean but based on talent, Pacquiao would have to be greatly receded from where he was when last we saw him to be defeated here. He’s faster, even at 38, hits harder, and has a far more expansive offensive repertoire. His combination punching should more than offset Horn’s over reliance on the right hand and Pacquiao’s body work will bring his hands down. Horn might last the route on guts but Pacquiao is the pick to win.–118077?print_friendly=1

 UP TO SCALE. Jeff Horn makes the 147-pound limit while Pacquiao has no trouble on the scales. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Manny Pacquiao weighs 146 pounds while Jeff Horn checks in at 147

BRISBANE, Australia – Despite reports that he woke up 7 pounds overweight the day before, Jeff Horn checked in right at the 147-pound limit for his WBO welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, who could make the limit a division below, weighed in a pound under at 146.

There was far less pomp and circumstance for this weigh-in than usually accompanies Pacquiao’s trips to the scales in Las Vegas and Macau, as only media, officials, VIPs, plus select fans filled the small Paddington Room of Suncorp Stadium, where the fight event will take place tomorrow, Sunday, July 2.

Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) thrilled the crowd by throwing his clothes to observers. He kept a smile on his face as Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) stared intently across drawn-out cheeks at the face-off.

“It’s never easy to cut that many kilos, but I’m feeling a lot better now putting the fluids back in,” said Horn afterwards.

Trainer Glenn Rushton was confident that that his fighter Horn would make the weight. But just to make sure, he had him check his weight on two different scales.

“I think you can see from Jeff’s demeanor here that he’s not overawed at all. He’s relaxed,” said Rushton.

“If Manny Pacquiao is gonna beat us, he’s gonna have to do that on his merits. He’s not gonna go out there and overawe Jeff or have Jeff sort of have stars in his eyes. That’s not gonna happen.

He anticipates Horn will come into the fight weighing between 70 and 71 kilograms (154.3-156.5 pounds).

The show, already slated to be the biggest boxing event in Australian boxing history, was already past 50,000 tickets sold, a Duco Events spokesman said.

In days, international icon and megastar boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will defend his world welterweight title in his first fight that will not be broadcast on Pay-Per-View [Pay-Per-Event] since 2005.

This Saturday, the ‘Pacman’ will risk his belt against undefeated Australian contender Jeff Horn in a bout that will reach a much wider audience, as it will be televised from coast to coast in the United States at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes in Mexico by Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxing. .

Pacquiao and Horn played the world championship welterweight World Boxing Organization (WBO) in the main event of the historic event ‘Battle of Brisbane’ to be held before a record crowd of over 55,000 fans abarrotarán Suncorp Stadium of city located east of Australia.

“It will be exciting fight before more than 60,000 fans and the hometown of my opponent. That gives me more motivation to focus and get the win,” Pacquiao said.

“I’m not underestimating. I did my job and I trained hard for this fight. If he based his homework at my fights with Marquez, that’s good for me. We will give a good show for the fans,” said the fighter who will go for win No. 60 out of his legendary career.

The senator also the only eight-division world champion in boxing history was extremely pleased with the news that his fight will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

“I am very happy that this fight will be broadcast live in the United States on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Now everyone can see my fight. That’s good for boxing. ”

Meanwhile, Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, will come into this fight having won his last three fights – all in 2016 – before Ali Funkea, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey, on the fast track. Horn is world ranked No. 2 by the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

“I think I have a style which Pacquiao has not faced. I think you’ll have trouble with my style. I’m bigger than him. He may be faster, but I’m pretty fast too. What I can connect with a straight right and nobody knows what can happen, “said the Australian who was inspired by the withering right hand with which the Mexican Juan Manuel” Dinamita “Marquez knocked out Pacquiao.” I’m very excited and I can not wait to to the day of the fight. I’m ready for war. I do not have much more to do. I’m saving energy and nerves for the day that I need, which is the day of the fight. ”

Transmission of July 1 will also present the Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), of Belfast, in a six-round featherweight bout against Jarrett “Juarez” Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs) , Brisbane and world champion junior bantamweight IBF [International Boxing Federation (IBF)] Jerwin “Pretty Boy” [Pretty Boy] Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Cavite City, Philippines, defending his title against challenger. Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), of Kobe, Japan. The live broadcast will begin with a middleweight bout over eight rounds Shane Mosley, Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), of Pomona, California son of world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley and David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs), Canberra, Australia.

World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight World champion Manny “Pacman’ Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) and his Hall-of-Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, held a media workout today in Australia, preparing for this Saturday night’s ESPN showdown between Pacquiao and his title challenger, Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs).

MANNY PACQUIAO: “We have a really good plan for this fight. We worked hard in training camp both in Manila and in General Santos City. I’m totally focused for this fight. I am not looking past this fight because at this point in my career, every fight is the most important. There are no tomorrows if I don’t win today.

“Jeff Horn is OK. I’ve watched video of his fights. He brings a lot of action into the ring. 

“I know what he is feeling. I remember everything about my first world title fight.

“Being a senator and training for a fight is hard. It takes discipline and time management. Luckily, the Senate has been in recess for the past few weeks and I have been able to focus on training for my world title fight.

“A Senator’s job is to defend his people … to fight for their rights.

“I know Jeff Horn used to be a teacher. In the ring, I’m a teacher too.

“I am ready for Jeff to come out and be aggressive. If he does that it will be a great fight for the fans.

“The biggest crowd I ever fought in front of was at Cowboys Stadium against Joshua Clottey. I’m told this could be bigger [51,000+]. I am very excited for doing that, even though they may not be rooting for me. I am also very happy that ESPN will be televising it the U.S. Now everyone can see it. It’s good for boxing.”

FREDDIE ROACH: “Manny is a performer. He loves people, loves a big audience. Brisbane has all that for this fight. He’ll be fighting in front of the biggest crowd of his career.

“Not everyone gets the opportunity to fight for a world title. It was always my dream but I never fought for one. It’s a big deal. Jeff Horn earned this opportunity. He is the WBO’s mandatory challenger.

“Manny gave me 110% in training camp. He always does. No one works harder in the gym. The difference in this camp from recent ones has been his aggression. He’s scored several knockdowns and I haven’t seen that in years. He has kept his foot on the pedal throughout, even when he’s had a sparring partner in trouble. After his ring work he is singing and dancing – not well – but that’s not the point. He is really hungry to make a statement in this fight against Horn. He’s even playing Shakira during his workouts again and he hasn’t done that in years.”

The referees, judges and supervisors for this Sunday’s world title defenses of Filipino world champions Manny Pacquiao have already been assigned by the respective sanctioning bodies as both Pinoy champions are set defend their world crowns in “The Battle of Brisbane” before an audience of 50,000+ fans at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, this coming Sunday July 2. 

Officials are all neutral and experienced, so fans can breath a sight of relief. The WBO officials for Manny Pacaquiao against Brisbane challenger Jeff Horn are:  

Referee Mark Nelson of Minesota, USA. Judges: Mrs. Waleska Roldan of New York, Mr. Chris Flores of Arizona, USA. and Mr. Ramón Cerdán of Argentina. 

The last time Mr. Mark Nelson – a referee since 1992 – worked as a third man in a world title fight was in the WBO/WBC super lightweight world title defense of unified undefeated champion Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KO’s) against challenger John Molina Jr. Crawford knocked out Molina in eight rounds, with referee Mark Nelson doing his usual outstanding work. 

Mrs. Waleska Roldan’s last officiating work in a world title clash was as recent as last March at the Madison Square Garden in New York in the close, bloody super flyweight title defense of 30-year-old Nicaraguan 4-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez against Thailand challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (also known as Wisaksil Wangek).  

After the twelve torrid rounds of non-stop dramatic action, Chocolatito lost his crown in a controversial split decision. But Ma’am Waleska voted a 113-113 draw, a scorecard hailed by a great number of fans and boxing writers as the fight’s best scoring.  

The second Pacquiao judge is Chris Flores, who is also a referee. Mr. Flores was ringside in Mexico last May as judge in the third defense of IBF 105-lbs world champion Jose Argumedo of Mexico against Colombian challenger Gabriel Mendoza. No scorecards were needed as the Argumedo ended matters with a TKO over Mendoza in round 8. 

And the third Pacquiao judge, Ramon Cerdan, is a veteran judge in hundreds of fights since 1998. 

Mr. Cerdán was with pen and paper on hand just three weeks ago in his native Argentina as a judge in an all-Argentinian affair: the title defense of WBO/WBA/IBF of super lightweight world champion Ana Laura Esteche defending against her Argentina compatriot Adela Celeste del Carmen Peralta.  

It was a split decision. Two ringside judges saw Esteche winning. However, judge Ramón Cerdán voted for Peralta. Esteche retained her crown.  

The supervisor in the Pacquiao-Horn fight is none other than WBO President Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel of Puerto Rico, a man of boxing who loves Manny Pacquiao and loves fair scoring. 


By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former three-time world champion Jeff Fenech has advised WBO #1 Jeff Horn he can defeat WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on July 2 if he uses the correct tactics at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland Australia with a predicted attendance of 55,000+ fight fans. Fenech talked to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail.

“Just bash the bloke in close,” Fenech said. “It’s no more Mister Nice Guy now. I’m not saying break the rules but you have to rough Manny up. Jeff, do everything to hurt him in close. Twist him, twist his knees, use your weight advantage, bully him — bang your shoulder into him. Manny can punch at a distance, Jeff. Close the distance. Stay on his chest and make him feel all of his 38 years.”

Pacquiao-Horn has already eclipsed Fenech’s record for the biggest crowd ever in Australian boxing which had stood at 38,000 for the 1992 world title fight with Azumah Nelson at Princes Park in Melbourne.

BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao attended church and had a light training session in Brisbane on Sunday after arriving late Saturday for his July 1 world title fight against Australian Jeff Horn.

The 38-year-old Pacquiao was accompanied by trainer Freddie Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune, sparring partner George Kambosos Jr. and other members of his entourage, which his spokesman said totaled about 160.

“Training is good. We did a lot of hard work. I am very excited for the fans to give a good show to show my best and in boxing ring,” Pacquiao told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. “Some reports coming out of the Philippines that I haven’t been training hard are not true. It just happens that when some of our friends came around to our training camp, we weren’t doing much and people assumed I wasn’t training hard.”

Roach, who has trained such world champions as Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko, said Pacquiao intends to keep his world title.


“He has the best work ethic in the world. He trains hard every day, and we do 48 boxing rounds every day, nonstop — just work, work, work,” Roach said. “We are here to win the fight. We don’t take anyone lightly.”

Pacquiao, who now is a Philippines senator, has a career record of 59-6-2 with 38 knockouts. The fight against Horn will be Pacquiao’s first defense of the title he won in November with a unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas.

The 29-year-old Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) is a 2012 Olympian.

The fight is expected to attract a sellout crowd of about 50,000 at the outdoor Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. It is scheduled for early afternoon next Sunday, which will be Saturday evening in the United States. The fight card will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.–117950?print_friendly=1



Superstar Manny Pacquiao’s world title defence from ‘down under’ when he puts his WBO welterweight title on the line against undefeated number two world-rated contender Jeff Horn will be aired exclusively live on BoxNation.

The eight-division world champion and the reigning ‘Fighter of the Decade’ takes on undefeated Australian Horn from the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane next Saturday night.

Promoted by Top Rank and Duco Events, “The Battle of Brisbane” is expected to attract 55,000 fans, with Pacquiao fighting in Australia for the first time in his illustrious career.

The 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), is coming off impressive wins over former champions Jessie Vargas and Timothy Bradley and is now in his third reign as WBO welterweight champion.

Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), who will be fighting in his hometown of Brisbane, enters this clash having won his last three fights – all in 2016 – against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey inside the distance.

The 29-year-old goes into the fight extremely confident and will be looking for the record crowd to spur him on to victory on July 1st against the legendary Filipino.

Also featuring on the card will be Irish Olympian Michael Conlan who enters the ring for the third time as a professional when he takes on Jarrett Owen.

Conlan has looked sensational in his recent outings and will look to continue where he left off when he stopped Mexican Alfredo Chanez last May.

Top Rank boss Bob Arum can’t wait for the exciting card and has tipped Pacquiao to come out victorious in the main event.

“Manny has been a pioneer, bringing world title fights to Cowboys Stadium, The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena and now Suncorp Stadium. We’re boxing’s version of Lewis & Clark, discovering new markets,” said Hall of Fame promoter Arum. “Manny knows who will be the crowd favourite on July 1st, but he can’t wait to give Australia and the world a great performance. It’s going to be an unbelievable event.”

Jim McMunn, BoxNation Managing Director, said: “Manny Pacquiao is undoubtedly one of the best fighters of this generation and we are delighted to showcase his fight with the unbeaten Jeff Horn exclusively live on BoxNation on July 1st. The welterweight division is stacked with amazing talent and WBO world champion Pacquiao is at the forefront of that. This will be a great event at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, with Horn looking to burst onto the scene by becoming world champion and shocking a legend in Pacquiao. It will be a great card for BoxNation subscribers to tune in and watch, with Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan also on the bill.”–117843?print_friendly=1

With just ten weeks before the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, it appears that there may be a snag as conflicting reports have come in regarding the location of the fight. Although both Duco Events and Top Rank have indicated that the fight was to take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Australia, Pacquiao’s advisor and marriage counselor Michael Koncz threw a curveball yesterday when he announced from Abu Dhabi that the fight would “100%” be held in the United Arab Emirates.

Shortly thereafter Manny Pacquiao Tweeted “See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao”.

The announcement came as a surprise to many fight fans in Australia, but Duco Events head Dean Lonergan still believes the fight will go forward in Australia.

“Duco have been working with Top Rank over the past three months to have the fight in Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.” Lonergan told Fightnews.

“We are nearing completion of the deal, and as far as I’m concerned Top Rank is the exclusive promoter of Manny Pacquiao and until Top Rank tells me otherwise we shall continue to try and get this deal done.”

Lonergan is hopeful to finalize the deal in the coming week.

“We had discussions today with the team of Top Rank that we continue on. I like to think that if we get a deal done it will be in the next week.”

Lonergan also told Fightnews that he “would be very surprised” if any other city or state could be ready to host April’s Pacquiao-Horn fight in “such a short space of time.”


By Maloney L. Samaco –Manny Pacquiao won two times the past year 2016, the first one on a trilogy and the second one coming out of brief retirement. Those two impressive wins make the fighting senator a candidate for the Fighter of the Year honors.

Ranked No. 7 pound-for-pound by The Ring, Pacquiao knocked No. 9 P4P Bradley down twice in Rounds 7 and 9 and outpointed him in practically the twelve rounds of the fight.

Pacquiao landed 28% (122 of 439) punches thrown, and 46% of power punches (92 of 201) compared to Bradley’s 33% (99 of 302) punches landed and 40% (87 of 218) of power punches thrown according to CompuBox.

Pacquiao won the WBO international welterweight title fight by unanimous decision with a score of 116-110 from all three judges.

In his comeback fight, Pacquiao defeated Jessie Vargas by 114-113, 118-109, 118-109 unanimous decision becoming the new WBO welterweight champion. The 37-year-old aging warrior knocked the 27-year-old champion down in the second round with a sharp counter punch and dominated the American all night.

Pacquiao landed 36% (147 of 408) punches thrown, and 48% of power punches (101 of 212) compared to Vargas’ 19% (104 of 561) punches landed and 23% (70 of 305) of power punches thrown according to CompuBox.

In its Fighter of the Year ranking, CompuBox placed Pacqiuao 5th behind its 1st placer Terence Crawford with 49 points, 2nd placer Vasyl Lomachenko with 44, 3rd placer Andre Ward with 39, and 4th placer Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez with 31. Pacquiao got 27 points ahead of 6th placer Carl Frampton with 20.

Point Totals were based on each listed six fighter’s 2016 fights with 6 pts. awarded for the leader in each of the 10 listed categories, 5 pts. for No. 2, 4 pts. for No. 3, 3 pts. for No. 4, 2 pts. for No. 5 and 1 pt. for No. 6.

The categories are Total Landed/Round, Total Thrown/Round, Total Connected %, Jabs Landed/Round, Power Landed/Round, Power Connected %, Opponents’ Total Connected %, Opponents’ Power Connected % and Opponents’ Total Landed/Round.

Pacquiao placed No. 2 in the Power Connected % category.

Even if he is a darkhorse for the FOTY, Pacquiao still showed the world that he is still one of the top fighters of the world in 2016.