Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he is not yet sure if he will join Team Pacman in Australia because he has yet to talk to Pacquiao.
The 38-year old went 2-0 in 2016, decisively defeating Timothy Bradley Jr., followed by a win over Jessie Vargas where Pacquiao reclaimed the WBO welterweight title that he lost to Mayweather.
In the biggest boxing match held on Australian soil in decades, former Queensland-based school teacher Jeff Horn will look to knock out prizefighting royalty. It will air on Saturday, July 1st at 9:00 p.m. ET. Pacquiao has more than twice as many knockouts (38) than Horn has fights (16).
Pacquiao was his usual shredded self as he tipped the scales at 146 pounds for the first defense of his fourth tour as a welterweight titlist. But the undefeated fighter has never fought anyone remotely close to as accomplished as Pacquiao, who is among the best boxers of this generation. The reality is that aside from his somewhat cultural following, most quasi-boxing fans had little use for Pacquiao once they saw he couldn't beat Mayweather. It's going to be so tough for Jeff to win by a decision against a guy who is so busy and has such speed and experience.
"Manny Pacquiao is still overwhelmingly fast". There's really no reason for Mayweather to fight again after facing McGregor, and few in the sport have any interest in another snooze-fest between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
Arum, who was in New Zealand to promote his heavyweight charge Anthony Ruiz, who came up short in the main event title fight against Joseph Parker, watched on patiently from his floor-seat during Horn's one-sided whooping of Funeka. Pacquiao needs to win in a knockout to attract the USA viewers for his next fight to be on PPV.
Horn, 29, is a native of Brisbane and will have numerous almost 60,000 fans supporting him in his upset bid. Horn has had just 17 fights and Bradley says it's a crucial stat.
Manny Pacquiao has decided that he will not be fighting on Pay-per-view for the first time in his career.
Pacquiao's lack of effectiveness against Mayweather has hurt his stock badly and dulled much of his appeal among casual fans.
Green wants Horn to embrace the same David versus Goliath mentality in the biggest fight of his career. Horn has won 16 with a draw and no defeats, but, to date, has fought no opponents with serious global reputations.
Pacquiao vs Horn is dubbed as the "Battle of Brisbane" to attract the city to watch Horn.