Pacquiao 5/4 To Blow Horn Away Inside The Distance

Boxing Preview: Pacquiao 5/4 To Blow Horn Away Inside The Distance

Preview of this weekend’s big bout at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Manny Pacquiao is a hot favourite at 1/6 to claim his 60th career victory when taking on Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane.

The Filipino legend will be defending his WBO welterweight title in front of a huge crowd of almost 50,000 at Suncorp Stadium.

At the age of 38, there are obvious fears that Pac Man is past his sell-by date, but two wins over Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas since a 2015 loss to Floyd Mayweather augur well.

Both of those victories came on points and Pacquiao can be backed at Evens to claim victory via that method again here.

However, trainer Freddie Roach is eyeing a first stoppage win since 2009 and the favourite is 5/4 to get the job done inside the distance.

Roach expects Horn to stick with his usual attacking tactics and feels that could play into Pacquiao's hands.

"I hope he comes out and tries to steamroller us, because Manny does really well with guys who try to be aggressive with him and is a great counter-puncher," said the veteran coach.


"We've trained extra hard for this fight, because Horn is dangerous and has nothing to lose, but he's going to need more than he has to win, in my opinion.

"Manny's speed is overwhelming and he can be a good puncher when he wants to be - I think I've got that guy back again, the one who wants to be a good puncher!

"I think Horn will come after us but I think he'll get knocked out doing that. I don't think it will be a long fight, but I think it will be exciting and fun to watch while it lasts."

After reaching the quarter-finals at the London 2012 Olympics, Horn is unbeaten as a pro, claiming 16 wins and one draw, which was the result of a clash of heads.

The 29-year-old is nicknamed the Hornet due to his all-action style and ability to swarm all over opponents, with 11 of his wins coming via knockout.

Value seekers have backed the challenger in to 4/1 to cause an upset, while he is 8/1 to stop Pacquiao and 12/1 to prevail on points, with a draw quoted at 25/1.

However, the formbook does show Horn had to get up off the floor to secure two of his last three defeats and could be vulnerable early on against a fighter who destroyed Ricky Hatton inside two rounds.

Punters can get 9/10 this bout does not go the distance and 17/20 for both fighters to make it through to the final bell.