Manny 'PacMan' Pacquiao
There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe the achievements of Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s first and only eight division world champion. His journey fFrom living rough on the streets of Manilla as a 14-year-old to global superstar is the stuff of legend. The now 38-year-old southpaw has amassed 11 titles in all, and claimed the lineal championship in an incredible five divisions.
Along the way, he has fought them all – Mayweather, Vargas, Bradley, Mosely, Marquez, Cotto, De La Hoya, the list goes on and on.
Incredible to think that it all began 22 years ago in a tiny hall in the Philippine municipality of Sablayan. Just At 16, Pacquiao stood just 1.49m (4"11') and weighed just 44kg. He was so small he had to put rocks in his pocket to make the minimum weight. But he was an instant star, his all-action style captivating fans and propelling him on a journey that isn’t ready to end just yet.
The ‘Pacman’ has graced some of the great venues – the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Cowboys Stadium and the Staples Centre, to name but a few.
Next stop, Suncorp Stadium. Jeff Horn awaits. It’s a fight the sitting Philippine senator didn’t really want, but not one he will fear.
He may be a superstar but he is not superhuman. Pacquiao has been beaten six times and stopped three times. Time to see if Jeff Horn can add his name to the likes of Mayweather, Bradley, Marquez and Morales – and secure the WBO welterweight crown in the process.
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Jeff 'the Hornet' Horn
Australia’s best boxing prospect Jeff Horn stands on the cusp of greatness. The 29-year-old former school teacher has turned in one outstanding performance after another during his rapid ascension in the cut-throat welterweight division.
By stopping American KO artist Randall Bailey, breaking down classy German Rico Mueller and then climbing off the canvas to subdue Ali Funeka in a bloody, brutal affair, Horn’s last three fights have proved he belongs in the upper echelons of the sport.
An ability to walk through punches has been a trademark since the tough-as-teak Aussie battler turned pro following a short but successful amateur career that garnered a clutch of Australian national titles and peaked with a quarterfinal appearance at the 2011 London Olympics.
Known for his toughness and iron will, Horn also climbed from the canvas after being felled by Bailey in 2016 – a feat few have achieved after taking a huge right hand from one of the biggest punchers the division has ever seen.
Quiet and unassuming outside the ring, 'The Hornet' is so focused inside it that he enters a 'robotic state' during which he barely notices getting hit.
With just 17 fights and 94 rounds under his belt, 'The Hornet' faces a massive deficit in experience. Then again, who wouldn’t when facing boxing’s first and only eight division world champion. He may be a massive underdog, but Horn has youth and determination on his side. This is the moment he has been waiting for.