Top Rank on ESPN Preview: Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn

Top Rank on ESPN Preview: Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn

Top Rank on ESPN Preview: Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn

Hometown favourite Horn will be stepping into his first world title fight against one of the true legends of boxing in "Pac Man", who at the ripe old age of 38, is still considered to be one of the top fighters in the world.

Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. But if Pacquiao is unable to get up for this fight, he could leave the door open to an upset as Horn will undoubtedly be treating this as the fight of his life, especially in front of tens of thousands of supportive fans in the stands.

"We're chasing a rematch with Floyd Mayweather and we know he has to score a spectacular knockout win over Jeff Horn if that's going to happen", Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said. The card begins Sunday afternoon Brisbane time, but that's 14 hours ahead from Eastern time so it will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

Pacquiao has compiled a 59-6-2 record in his storied career, but his results have taken a downward turn over the last half-decade. "The Hornet" has quietly built himself a decent resume, but he's fought exclusively in his native country and is not known to casual fans outside of the land down under. The "Battle of Brisbane", Pacquiao's first non-pay-per-view fight since 2005, is being promoted by Top Rank and Duco Events of Australia. It is just a matter of how Pacquiao will end the fight.

That's one of the reasons why the fight is being fought in Brisbane because it is the home state of Brisbane.

Even when he faced off with Pacquiao in his own city and in the confines of its famously partisan sporting Cauldron, Horn had to listen to chants of "Manny, Manny, Manny" from the hundreds of supporters and family members that travel with the 11-time world champion.

Following the fight with Diaz, Pacquiao jumped up by two weight divisions to face Oscar De La Hoya at welterweight and he's been pretty much stationed in that division ever since. This was a surprise to many, but not to Pacquiao fans.

Fernandez feels Pacquiao has realized that he has to post a victory so sensational that an ordinary performance, albeit a winning one at that, will further tarnish his image as a box-office hit. (10-1, 7 KOs) in a middleweight bout against David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs) of Australia.

"I hope you take the phone into the ring and she'll be game over".

Whether by decision or stoppage, a conquest of Pacquiao should also be hailed a monumental prizefight masterpiece.

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