Manny Pacquiao will take on Australian undefeated boxer Jeff Horn (16-0-1) on April 22. Although, the battle arena is due to be decided. According to ESPN, big time promoter Bob Arum said the bout would likely be held in Australia or the United Arab Emirates.
Filipino boxing maestro ended his unofficial retirement when he took down American Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision on Nov. 5 last year.
It was reported that Pacquiao’s next fight would pit him against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a rematch of their May 2015 bout—in November 2016. Arum evaluated there was a “75 percent” chance the two would battle once more.
However, For now, Pacquiao will battle it out against the fearless Horn. The Australian star has won 11 of his 16 fights straight out of knockouts.
The 28-year-old will look for his greatest win to date when he meets the WBO welterweight champion. Further, on the off chance that Horn pulls off a surprise, there are signs Arum could have big plans for the Aussie sensation.
As reported by the Australian AP, Arum has been enchanted with the former schoolteacher and 2012 Olympian for a while now. Arum believes Horn has whatever it takes to carve out a U.S. fan base.
However, when it comes to selling April’s fight, Arum figure to have a great undertaking in front of them.
Enthusiasm for 38-year-old Pacquiao and well past his prime has wound down. Consequently, since he was dispatched by Mayweather, and pay-per-see numbers affirm that.
As mentioned by Bloody Elbow’s Fraser Coffeen, Pacquiao’s fight against Jesse Vargas was his least viewed fight since a 2008 bout against David Diaz. Moreover, the fight did somewhere around 300,000 buys.