With everyone talking about Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather on August 26 and Canelo Alvarez against Gennady Golovkin on September 16, boxing fans and bettors may be forgetting about one of the past decade's other top performers who will be back in the ring Saturday in Brisbane, Australia.
Manny Pacquiao is entering enemy territory to defend his WBO welterweight title as a big -600 betting favorite (bet $600 to win $100) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark when he takes on Australian Jeff Horn, a +400 underdog (bet $100 to win $400).
Pacquiao (59-6-2) is looking to win his third straight bout since losing to Mayweather via unanimous decision a little more than two years ago. Pac-Man won the WBO title belt with a UD win over Jessie Vargas last November 5 in Las Vegas. That came after the Senator of the Philippines avenged a loss to Timothy Bradley with a UD victory in the rematch seven months earlier in Vegas. This will be Pacquiao's first fight in Australia.
Meanwhile, Horn (16-0-1) has won 13 in a row since walking away with a draw in his fourth pro bout.
The 29-year-old is nine years younger than Pacquiao and has a height advantage of more than three inches at 5'9". The Hornet won the WBO intercontinental welterweight title with a win over American Randall Bailey last year after his opponent refused to get up from his corner before the eighth round.
All of Horn's fights have taken place either in Australia or New Zealand, so he figures to have a lot of support heading into this matchup with Pacquiao.
Following his victory against Bailey, Horn has scored consecutive TKO wins over Germany's Rico Mueller and South African Ali Funeka to successfully defend each of his two intercontinental titles.
Horn won the IBF title when he earned a technical decision over Ukrainian Viktor Plotnykov in New Zealand on August 1, 2015.
Of Horn's 16 wins, 11 have been decided by knockout. Pacquiao has seen 38 of his 59 victories end with a KO, although his last one took place on November 14, 2009, when he won the WBO welterweight title by stopping Miguel Cotto in the 12th round.