Dubbed the “Battle of Brisbane”, the match is being held at Suncorp Stadium, one of the most famous sporting grounds in Australia, and you need not miss a minute when watching it on Pay TV, as well as using the available options to follow the key moments live online.
Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn Live TV Preview
In terms of class, it’s all one way in favour of the Pacman, a global sporting icon and the reigning World Welterweight Champion. But he is 38 years of age compared to Horn’s 29, and his best days are well and truly behind him. But even at his current skill level, he’s equal to nearly everyone he has faced in the ring, and claims he’s never been more motivated and fired up as he is in advance of this title fight.
Horn is undefeated in 17 fights, winning 16 and drawing in the other. He has earned a crack at the Pacman after the WBO named him as the number one contender. The match has been dubbed the ‘Battle of Brisbane’, and Horn will be counting heavily on his home-town support to provide the extra edge he will surely need for the biggest twelve rounds of his career, but don’t look for Pacquiao vs Horn free to air, unless you live in the United States (ESPN).
Pacquiao vs Horn Live TV
Date: Sunday, 2 July at 1.30pm (Bout 4)
Undercard starts at 11.00am (Sydney time)
Location: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane AU
Price: $59.95 (Main Event)
Pacman v Horn Replays
Sunday 2 July: 6.00pm and midnight (Sydney time)
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Live TV and Online Options
If you live in the US, you can watch the Battle of Brisbane Free to air on your local ESPN channel. However, if you’re a resident of Australia you will need to subscribe to Pacquiao v Horn live on Main Event, available via Foxtel or Optus featuring Foxtel.
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Battle of Brisbane Undercard Line-up
Bout 1 – Shane Mosely Jr (USA) vs David Toussaint (AUS). Middleweight fight, eight rounds lasting three minutes each.
Bout 2– Michael Conlan (IRE) vs Jarrett Owen (AUS). Featherweight fight, six rounds lasting three minutes each.
Bout 3 – Jerwin Ancajas (PHILIPPINES) vs Teiru Kinoshita (JAP). IBF World Junior Bantamweight fight, twelve rounds lasting three minutes each.
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.
Battle of Brisbane
Pacquiao is under no illusions of what he will face when it comes to the match, saying in a press conference “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight. My team is very happy with my preparation. I am looking forward to this and I will be going home as world champion. I’m so thankful for this great opportunity to be here in Australia and fight here, and the warm welcome of the people here. I think this is one of the biggest crowds that I’m going to fight too. I love the fans shouting and cheering for me, or for Horn. I like that, it’s exciting”
Pacquiao Will Win If: He can handle the pressure of Suncorp stadium and a largely partisan Australian crowd. He certainly has the skill and experience, but that was then, and this is now. Manny Pacquiao’s boxing matches have been criticised for the choice of opponents either too inexperienced or past their prime. In this case Horn, by comparison, is surely inexperienced, but he also may just be entering his prime.
Horn Will Win If: Horn is unbeaten, but the level of the competition is easily a grade below the Pacman. He surely doesn’t have the skill or experience of Pacquiao, but he’ll have the benefit of stamina and perhaps even strength, along with the chance to become Australia’s first ever World Welterweight Champion, in front of over 55,000 excited supporters.
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