Ready for the biggest event in Australian boxing history? Former Queensland school teacher Jeff Horn challenges legendary world champion Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2, in front of an expected sell-out crowd at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. You can watch all the action live and exclusive on Foxtel’s Main Event.
For the 29-year-old Queenslander this decider at Brisbane’s “Cauldron” is a lifetime dream in front of a hometown crowd. Jeff “The Hornet” Horn will step into the ring with the chance to become Australia’s first ever World Welterweight Champion. He’s the world’s number two ranked welterweight (WBO) and has just 17 professional fights under his belt, winning 16 and drawing one.
Facing the young local in the other corner is the man who currently holds the title – one he has claimed three times (2016, 2014 and 2011) – Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao – widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time. The now 38-year-old southpaw has amassed 11 titles in all, and claimed the lineal championship in an incredible five divisions.
Ahead of the historic Pacquiao-Horn main event, Sunday, July 2’s impressive card also features:
Bout 1: Shane Mosely Jr (USA) vs David Toussaint (ACT, AUS)
Middleweight | 8 x 3 minute rounds – Start time 11.00am (Sydney)
Bout 2: Michael Conlan (IRELAND) vs Jarrett Owen (QLD, AUS)
Featherweight | 6 x 3 minute rounds
Bout 3 – Sub Main Event: Jerwin Ancajas (PHILIPPINES) vs Teiru Kinoshita (JAPAN)
Junior Bantamweight | 12 x 3 minute rounds
IBF World Junior Bantamweight Title
Bout 4 – Main Event: Manny Pacquiao (PHILIPPINES) vs Jeff Horn (QLD, AUS)
Welterweight | 12 x 3 minute rounds – Approximate start time 1.30pm (Sydney)
WBO World Welterweight Title
The man who is synonymous with international boxing, celebrated American ring announcer Michael Buffer, will bring his famed catch phrase “Let’s get ready to rumble” to announce the main four fights. Calling the card will be “the voice of boxing”, Colonel Bob Sheridan, the world’s leading boxing commentator who has amassed more than 10,000 fights.
You can witness sporting history live and exclusive on Foxtel’s Main Event Channel 521, Sunday, July 2, with the undercard starting at 11:00am and the featured match, Pacquiao vs Horn: Battle of Brisbane, throwing down at around 1.30pm Sydney time.
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Manny Pacquiao Tale of the Tape
Methods: 38 Knockouts, 21 Decisions
Career Highlight: Win over Juan Manuel Marquez (November 2012)
Titles: WBC Flyweight, IBF Super Bantamweight, WBC Super Featherweight, WBC Junior Featherweight, WBC Lightweight, WBO Welterweight, WBO Junior Middleweight, WBC Light Middleweight.
Jeff Horn Tale of the Tape
Methods: 11 Knockouts, 5 Decisions.
Career Highlight: Win over former Welterweight champ Ali Funeka (December 2016)
Titles: IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight, WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight.