A living legend steps back into the ring to defend his WBO World Welterweight Title against unbeaten Australian puncher Jeff Horn on July 1st, live on BoxNation.
Pacquiao, now 38-years-old, has defeated a who’s who of the boxing world. He holds a stellar record of 58-6-2, 38 KOs and has lifted World Titles in eight weight divisions. In Horn, he’s taking on one of boxing’s young guns at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, where over 50,00 fans are expected to attend.
Most recently the Filipino superstar returned to the ring in November to win a dominant decision against American Jessie Vargas, dropping him in round two, ripping away his opponent’s WBO crown before returning to the Philippines for his Senator duties.
The unbeaten Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) is nine years younger than ‘Pacman’ and will be in for the toughest clash in his fledgling professional career but has youth, size and a big punch to match.
His power was evident in December 2016 where he faced former World Title challenger Ali Funeka, trading knockdowns in the third and fifth rounds respectively before the Australian dropped and stopped his tough South African foe in a fantastic contest.
With a win over the southpaw sensation, Horn could elevate his status and become a bonafide star as well as claiming the WBO World Title, but faces a tough task despite having youth on his side.
Pacquiao on the other hand will be keen to prove he is every bit as good as he was in the earlier stages of his career. Freddie Roach, his world class coach and good friend, is keen to see a knockout from his protege: “I would love [a knockout], and this is the perfect fight to do it in!”
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