Pacquiao Defends WBO Welterweight Title Against
Australia's Undefeated No. 2 World-Rated Contender Horn July
1 At Suncorp Stadium In Brisbane
Add Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia to the list of
venues on foreign soil that will play host to a MANNY "Pacman"
PACQUIAO fight. Boxing's only eight-division world champion
and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, Pacquiao has
accepted the challenge of undefeated No. 2 world-rated
contender JEFF "The Hornet" HORN to defend his World Boxing
Organization (WBO) welterweight title, Saturday, July 1
(Sunday, July 2, in Australia). Promoted by Top Rank® and
Duco Events, "The Battle of Brisbane" is expected to attract
55,000 fans and a record pay-per-view audience in Australia.
It will also be seen live in the U.S. Look for details on
the U.S. telecast in the following weeks.
"Manny has been a pioneer, bringing world title fights to
Cowboys Stadium, The Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena and now
Suncorp Stadium. We're boxing's version of Lewis & Clark,
discovering new markets," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob
Arum. " Manny knows who will be the crowd favorite on July
1, but he can't wait to give Australia and the world a great
performance. It's going to be unbelievable event."
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), from General Santos City,
Philippines, is in his third reign as WBO welterweight
champion. He regained the title on November 5, winning a
dominant unanimous decision victory over defending champion
Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia,
enters this fight having won his last three fights -- all in
2016 -- against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey
inside the distance. They had a combined record of 105-14-4
when he fought them. Horn is world-rated No. 2 by the WBO
and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).