Manny Pacquiao to fight Australia's Jeff Horn
January 11, 2017
Coming off a victory and a newly gained welterweight world title, Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao will once again step into the ring on April 22, 2017 from somewhere across the pond.
ESPN.com was the first to break the news that former 2012 Australian Olympian, Jeff Horn, had agreed to take on the most difficult matchup of his career (up until this point) and attempt to become a first time world title holder. Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, recently sealed an agreement to promote recent heavyweight world title holder, Joseph Parker, who also is in the same stable as Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs).
Arum stated that a venue would be officially announced within the next few days, but that locations in Australia and the United Arab Emirates are finalists. Arum continued to add that he hopes to have the bout on a non pay-per-view platform in the United States. Moreover, the Top Rank Chairman stated that Horn was a "good enough" opponent for Pacquiao with the choices he had on the table. Amir Khan was reportedly contacted for a potential bout in the United Arab Emirates, according to Arum. However, Arum stated that Khan wanted a tune-up bout first, and would fight Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) in November.
Top Rank broadcasted Pacquiao's last bout (against Jessie Vargas) on pay-per-view, without the help of a major television distributor. HBO, who Pacquiao had been a staple in for more than ten years, dropped the 38-year-old's contract before his last fight, which forced Top Rank to work harder on securing broadcasting.
Horn is going to be a huge underdog going into this bout, and Pacquiao is expected to cruise to an easy victory. Pacquiao has been rumored to have higher ambitions within his governmental career and fights in locations other than the United States will be the attempts to solidfy his international image.
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