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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Back Pacquiao to put on a masterclass in Australia

Horn looks out of his depth

Manny Pacquiao (right) lands a left to the chin of Tim Bradley
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WBO world welterweight title
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The Manny Pacquiao show rolls into Brisbane, Australia where he will defend his welterweight world title against local prospect Jeff Horn in front of 50,000 people at the Suncorp Stadium. 

The Filipino veteran is around the 1-5 mark and although at 29 Horn is nine years younger, undefeated and will enjoy the full support of his Aussie brethren, an upset seems highly unlikely. 

After his fairly meek surrender to Floyd Mayweather in 2015 most people predicted the end of Pac Man, or a steep decline, but that hasn't happened.

In his two fights since he has dominated Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas, both multiple world champions, dropping Bradley twice and Vargas once. 

Horn is unbeaten, but has had only 16 fights against far-inferior opposition. He has never ventured beyond Australasia, and he has been knocked down in two of his last three fights. 

While it is true that Pacquiao has not had a knockout win since 2012, he has been fighting the very best boxers in the world. His last six fights have gone the distance, but the combined record of his opponents when he fought them was 189 wins, three defeats and two draws. He won them all except for Mayweather. 

Horn is a decent fighter but this is an enormous step up, not only in terms of quality, but in occasion, expectation and experience. 

All of that is second nature to Pacquiao, and while there is an argument that age and juggling boxing with political duties in the Philippines will catch up with him there is no evidence to suggest that will happen just yet.

M Pacquiao by KO
2pts 11-8 general

His last six fights have gone the distance, but the combined record of his opponents when he fought them was 189 wins, three defeats and two draws
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