Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao arrives in Brisbane on Monday morning to promote his WBA world title fight against Australian Jeff Horn in July.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao arrives in Brisbane on Monday morning to promote his WBA world title fight against Australian Jeff Horn in July. DAN PELED

One of the greats lands a blow for Aussie bout

CONSIDERED one of the greatest boxers of all time, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao touched down at Brisbane Airport yesterday to promote his July 2 bout with Aussie Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium.

"I don't know much about him, but I know he's a fighter,” Pacquiao told the gathered media contingent.

"I haven't watched his fights yet, but I'm going to get his last three fights and watch it.

"My message for him is to work hard, and make sure you're 100% conditioned on July 2 so we can give a good fight, we can entertain people.”

Organisers expect a crowd of more than 50,000 to attend what will be the biggest boxing match-up in Australia in decades.

Brisbane school teacher Horn is unbeaten with just one draw in his 16 bouts, but he is yet to meet anyone of Pacquiao's class.

The Filipino, 38, has had 67 fights for 59 wins, six losses and two draws, with his latest result being a unanimous points decision over American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas in November.

He also finds time to attend to his parliamentary duties in the Philippines, having been elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and the Senate last year.



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