Jeff Horn's attempt to take the WBO Welterweight championship off Manny Pacquiao will highlight a four-bout fight card at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium in Australia on Saturday, July 1 (Sunday, July 2 for UK viewers).
One of the feature bouts on the undercard will involve Teiru Kinoshita facing Jerwin Ancajas, with the IBF World Junior Bantamweight title at stake.
Before a closer look at the schedule, here are some time and viewing details, including the pay-per-view start time:
PPV Start Time: Saturday, July 1 9 p.m. ET (U.S.).
The main event will also be broadcast on BoxNation in the UK, and it's set to start at 2 a.m. BST Sunday, July 2.
The schedule for the fight card is as follows, per Jordan Davies of The Sun:
Shane Mosley Jr. vs. David Toussaint
Jerwin Ancajas vs. Teiru Kinoshita
Michael Conlan vs. Jarrett Owen
Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn (11:30 pm. ET, Saturday) (4:30 a.m. BST, Sunday)
The fight's promoter, Dean Lonergan recently discussed ticket sales, per Grantlee Kieza of the Courier-Mail: "We've now sold 45,000 tickets and are on track to top 50,000. The response to the fight has been sensational and Jeff Horn is being rewarded for that."
Meanwhile, Mav Gonzalez of Philippines-based morning news show Unang Balita (h/t GMA News Online) has reported "only about 1,000 tickets are left available online so organisers are planning to add standing room-only tickets."
It would be ridiculous to ignore how heavily favoured Pacquiao is headed into this fight. Yet it's also worth noting the 38-year-old hasn't "stopped an opponent since his 12th round TKO of Miguel Cotto in 2009," per Agence France-Presse (h/t Sky Sports).
This fact from recent history suggests a points win is inevitable for Pacquiao. However, he will have to be fully focused against a game fighter in Horn.
The Australian is a big hitter, and he may have a slight advantage over Pacquiao, as he is coming into the fight "as much as 7kg heavier," per Kieza of the Courier-Mail.
Extra weight can translate to more formidable punching power, provided Horn can land key shots against Pacquiao. The veteran's footwork and movement aren't as swift and nimble as they once were, but he still knows how to set the pace in a fight and should corner Horn to land the telling body shots and hooks sure to wear the home fighter down.
If there is a chance of Pacquiao being distracted, it could come from looking too far ahead and beyond Horn. On the surface, what comes next for Pacquiao after Brisbane is unclear.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Steve Kim of BoxingScene.com: "Look, after the fight—assuming he wins—we're going to sit with Freddie (Roach) and Justin (Fortune) and figure out who we can put him with next. Can we put him in with an elite fighter next? I don't know."
Arum may be unsure about what the immediate future holds for Pacquiao, but the fighter's trainer, Freddie Roach, is certain. Roach made clear who Pacquiao wants to fight next, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com): "Manny is in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather."
Wanting to make amends for his defeat in a damp squib against Mayweather in 2015 is understandable from Pacquiao. Yet beating Horn comes first, meaning the Pac-Man can't allow himself to lose focus in Brisbane.
It's unlikely even a part-distracted Pacquiao will lose to Horn, even if the latter will be determined to take his more illustrious opponent the distance in front of home support.
Expect a late stoppage in one of the final two rounds or a unanimous points decision in favour of Pacquiao.