Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FireFan MVP Manny Pacquiao set to fight Jeff Horn In Australia

Brisbane is about to compete for Australian boxing's bout of the century when Brisbane's "fighting schoolteacher" Jeff Horn is confirmed on Wednesday as the contender against "legendary" world welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao in April 2017.

Pacquiao , now 38, is a world boxing celebrity with 11 world titles in a career that has lasted 22 years and was recently elected as a senator in his home country of the Philippines. 

 Horn, 28, is a former teacher at Brisbane's Pallara State School near Forest Lake and is Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk's second cousin, that is, the son of Cr Quirk's cousin. "Manny Pacquiao is a legend in the boxing world," Cr Quirk said.

He is probably the biggest boxing name in the world right now."

He earned $100 million for a May 2015 bout against Floyd Mayweather, billed as "The Fight of the Century" and reportedly donated some of the winnings to hospitals in the Philippines. Brisbane-born Horn, the kind-talking, tough welterweight is the No.2 contender to Pacquiao's crown after turning professional in 2013.

If Suncorp Stadium wins the right to host the fight – which could be confirmed at 1:30 pm Brisbane time – the city would host one of 2017's landmark sporting events. Pundits are predicting almost 50,000 could turn up to see the fight, although venues are also booked in Sydney and other sites on Australia's east coast.

Previous boxing bouts have drawn close to 40,000 people and the first fight between world champion Jeff Fenech and Azumah Nelson drew 38,000 fans.

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