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Jeff Horn: People Will Recognize Me After April 22


Jeff Who?

That's probably the question you've been asking since To Rank President Bob Arum announced Manny Pacquiao's next bout. The Filipino ring legend is set to face Jeff Horn on April 22. And according to Arum, everything but the venue has been finalized. Said Arum via ESPN on Tuesday:

"Horn and his management have agreed on the purse and now we're working on a site. We'll know the location of the fight in the next few days."

The location will likely be in Australia, where Horn hails from and where he is a household name. Outside of his home country, little is known of Horn except that he is a former Olympian and a former school teacher. So it was surprising why an obscure name like him would land a fight with boxing's only eight-division world champion. But Arum himself was impressed with Horn after personally watching the Hornet knock out Ali Funeka in New Zealand last year. Arum said his first plan was to bring Horn to the U.S and match him with either Jessie Vargas or Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao's last two ring victims. But instead of either, the 82 year old promoter opted to go for the jugular. Said Arum:

"I thought he was a really rugged guy. He's a good fighter. Does he beat Manny? Probably not, but he's going to give him a good fight. He has a very pleasing personality."

Probably not? That's the key there. Horn may be rugged, good and have a pleasing personality. He may be 10 years younger than the Filipno sentator. But he may little or no chance at beating a decorated fighter like Manny Pacquiao. That's what many think. Of course those who know Jeff Horn would beg to disagree. The Hornet himself said upon learning he got the call to fight Pacman:

"I am excited about facing a legend in Manny Pacquiao. I know a lot of people in America don't know too much about me, but after [April 22] they most certainly will."


Arum said the Horn fight will be the first of what he calls a 'world tour' for Manny Pacquiao:

"We did world tours with Muhammad Ali and that's what I'm going to do with Manny. It's good for him to fight all over. He might be president of the Philippines someday and fighting around the world is good for that possibility."

Arum talked about offers to fight in the U.A.E, Russia and even one to fight Kell Brook in October. Whatever happens next will largely depend on the outcome of the April 22 bout. As for Jeff Horn, fighting Manny Pacquiao is indeed a great oppportunity for him to be known, not just in the U.S. but all over the world. Hopefully, it won't be just as the name of the first leg of the Manny Pacquiao farewell tour.