Jeff Horn will aim to do what Juan Manuel Marquez did so famously to Manny Pacquiao back in 2012.
The unbeaten Australian contender, nicknamed ‘The Hornet’, will look to repeat the powerful blow with which the Mexican star blasted out his nemesis in the sixth round.
Horn takes on the Philippine idol for the world title welterweight World Boxing Organization (WBO) before a record crowd of more than 55,000 fans who will attend the historic event to be held this Saturday, July 1 at Suncorp Stadium and will be televised from coast to coast in the United States on ESPN and ESPN and in Mexico by Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxing
“I’m definitely going to look for the same blow connected by Juan Manuel Márquez and try to knock him out. I’ll connect that big right if I can,” Horn said.
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“He (Pacquiao) has been champion for many years. It is time that someone else is champion. I trained very hard and I’m ready to show the world what I can do in the ring,” added the Australian.
“The mere fact of being able to fight him is a dream come true. Now I just dream of having his title around my waist.”
Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of Brisbane, Queensland in Australia, will enter this fight having won his three fights in 2016 against Ali Funkea, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey.
Horn is world ranked No. 2 by the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Pacquiao of General Santos City, Philippines, is in his third reign as monarch of the WBO welterweight strap. ‘Pacman’ recaptured the title on November 5 with a dominant unanimous decision victory over defending champion Jessie Vargas.
In a promotion Top Rank® and Duco Events, in association with MP Promotions, “The Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs. Horn” breaks the Australian record attendance of 38,000 fans set in March 1992 when Azumah Nelson halted Jeff Fenech in the eighth round to retain his super featherweight title of World Boxing Council (WBC).
The fight between these two members of the Hall of Fame was held at Princes Park in Melbourne.