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). The "Battle of Brisbane" has been overshadowed by McGregor vs Mayweather spectacle, and the Canelo vs Gennady Golovkin Superfight. The fight will be broadcasted at 10pm on ESPN. It is the first time since 2005 that the popular Pacquiao has taken part in a fight that was not broadcasted on Pay-Per-View.
Manny Pacquiao: Record: 59-6-2 (38 KO) ... Streak: W1 ... Last 5: 4-1 ... Last 10: 7-3 ... Stance: Southpaw ... Height/Reach: 5'5½" / 67" ... Age: 38
Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to win his third straight fight since losing his $100 million dollar bout to Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao was easily able to handle Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas in his last two fights. Even far from his prime at the age of 38, the Filipino senator and WBO champion is still the best welterweight in the world, in my opinion. Even with his duties as a Philippine senator that has probably cut down Pacquiao's time in the gym, Manny was able to handle his last two fighters pretty easily. According to statements made by Freddie Roach, he claims that Pacquiao has finally regained his power that has elevated his Hall of Fame boxing career. Roach has also stated that if he loses to Horn “Pac Man” may need to retire.
Jeff Horn: Record: 16-0-1 (11 KO) ... Streak: W13 ... Last 5: 5-0 ... Last 10: 10-0 ... Stance: Orthodox ... Height/Reach: 5'9" / 68" ... Age: 29
The challenger, Jeff Horn, is a +400 underdog and is given much of a chance to win this fight. Horn is a talented rising star who is fighting the biggest fight of his life in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia. Like Pacquiao, Horn has a second occupation as an Australian secondary school teacher. There is no question that Horn may be the toughest and scariest teacher on the entire planet. Horn is undefeated in his young professional career, but he has not fought someone near the skill level of Pacquiao. Horn has not fought outside his home country, and he has not faced a relevant opponent on the international level. However, Horn has faced great competition competing in the 2012 London Olympics. Horn made it the quarterfinals before getting beaten decisively by Ukraine champion Denys Berinchyk Theoretically, Pacquiao's last two opponents of Bradley and Vargas would be heavy favorites in a match-up against Horn. Horn has demonstrated knockout power winning his last three fights by knockout. Horn’s measurables in youth, a willingness to work the body and a three inch height advantage give him small advantages over Pacquiao. However, Pacquiao has been fighting with a height disadvantage in just about all of his fights at 147. The main factor that Horn has going for him is that he a huge underdog with nothing to lose, and he is playing in front of his home town. Nobody expects him to win, but performing in front of fellow countrymen will energize him throughout the fight.
Horn is fighting way over his head and there is a reason why he is +400 underdog. If you don’t have the bankroll to pay the -600 juice, I recommend betting the over 9.5 rounds at -190, and Pacquiao winning by decision at -105. Pacquiao should dominate the fight but it is unlikely the 38 year old will win by knockout. Pacquiao hasn’t recorded a knockout since ending his fight with Cotto in the 12th round back in 2012. Good luck!
Article by Austin Montgomery