Manny Pacquiao will be facing Aussie Jeff Horn this Saturday July 1st in Brisbane, Australia. Read our preview of Pacquiao vs Horn along with the betting odds and our prediction for the fight that will air live on ESPN.
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Manny Pacquiao is the (-650) favorite while Jeff Horn is at (+425) underdog odds, according to Bovada boxing.
- Pacquiao to win by KO (+150) odds
- Pacquiao to win by Decision (-110) odds
- Horn to win by KO (+800) odds
- Horn to win by Decision (+1200) odds
- Draw (+2500) odds
This will be an opportunity of a lifetime for Jeff Horn, who is 16-0-1 and doesn't have much recognition outside of his native Australia, where the local media have created a "Rocky" storyline surrounding the fight.
The fight has already sold 50,000 tickets and is expected toto bring $200 million into the local economy. This is because Australian boxing fans are big supporters of their local fighters, and a big name like Manny Pacquiao does not come around very often, if at all.
The fight will air live on ESPN in North America with Teddy Atlas, Joe Tessitore and Timothy Bradley commentating.
As for the fight itself, Manny is the clear betting favorite at (-650) odds. This is because Jeff Horn only has 17 professional fights and has never really faced anyone of note -- let alone anyone the calibre of Manny Pacquiao.
The biggest name on Horn's record would have to be Randall Bailey, who he broke down with body shots that caused Bailey to quit in the 7th round. However, Manny Pacquiao is not going to present the same target as Bailey did. Also, the speed of Pacquiao will be like nothing Horn has ever seen before.
When watching Horn fight, you can see that he is there to be to be hit by opponents that are not in the same league as Manny Pacquiao. The speed and precision of Pacquiao from the southpaw stance will be too much for an inexperienced fighter like Horn to overcome, and Manny will be able to land that straight left hand with ease.
With that said, Manny Pacquiao has not ended a fight within the distance since a 2009 KO win against Miguel Cotto. More recently, Manny was close to stopping Chris Algieri, but instead settled for a decision victory after knocking him down 6 times.
So, will this be the first time in a nearly a decade that Manny will score a knockout? The oddsmakers don't think so because they have set Manny to win by decision as the most likely outcome at (-110) odds.