Manny Pacquiao will be facing Aussie Jeff Horn on April 23rd and it is tentatively set for Queensland, Australia. We breakdown Pacquiao vs Horn along with the betting odds for the fight.
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Manny Pacquiao is the (-1200) favorite while Jeff Horn is at (+600) underdog odds, according to Bet365 boxing.
Jeff Horn is 16-0-1 and doesn’t have much recognition outside of his native Australia, where he still works as a schoolteacher. This will be an opportunity of a lifetime for Horn and the matchup has drawn comparisons to “Rocky” from the local media.
Now, why is Manny Pacquiao fighting a relatively unknown boxer? Well, he was supposed to face Terence Crawford, though Top Rank’s Bob Arum does not think that fight is a viable PPV event, yet. While the boxing mad Australian fans will surely shell out PPV dollars to support their local fighter.
Also, Australia is very close to Manny Pacquiao’s home country of the Philippines, and there is a large amount of Filipinos in Australia who will be able to watch the fight in their time zone. So, this is somewhat of a business decision on the part of Top Rank that is estimated to bring $200 million into the local economy.
As for the fight itself, Manny is the considerable betting favorite at (-1300) 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.
So, the biggest question in this fight might be whether or not Manny Pacquiao will win by knockout, or by decision.