Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight
Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn
Date: Sunday, July 02, 2017
Time: ESPN, 9 p.m. ET
Venue: Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium
Manny Pacquiao will travel to Brisbane, Australia to face the unknown Jeff Horn on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, and considering Horn has never faced anybody remotely on Pacquiao’s level, he’s a 4/1 underdog and has not been giving much of a chance to win by anybody who lives on the other six continents.
Often billed as a global icon, it’s only fitting that full-time Filipino senator (and part-time welterweight titleholder) Manny Pacquiao will take his show on the road Saturday against unbeaten Jeff Horn in Australia.
Pacquiao, 38, will fight off of pay-per-view for the first time since 2005 when he defends his WBO title in the backyard of his opponent, Jeff Horn, at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET).
The idea of fighting outside of the United States in pursuit of a larger purse isn’t necessarily foreign to Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), who traveled to Macau for victories over Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri in recent years. But the choice of Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) as an opponent this time around feels like a legitimate step down in class, especially considering how loaded the 147-pound division remains.
Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), meanwhile, has a couple of decent wins during his career, surviving a scare against the hard-punching Randall Bailey in April 2016 before Bailey declined to get off his stool for the eighth round and scoring a TKO win vs. former lightweight title challenger Ali Funeka last December.