One of boxing’s most marketable, memorable, incredible, and iconic fighters Manny Pacquiao 59-6-2 (38ko’s) has had one of the most notorious boxing careers starting from back in 1995 all the way to now.
He has been 1/2 of the biggest pay per view selling fight in history, headlined the biggest arenas and is the second highest paid boxer to ever touch the planet. The fighters that were in their prime when Manny was fighting have all retired, and in turn you are left with a 38-year-old fighter on his final years.
He has recently been penciled in to fight undefeated 28-year-old Australian fighter Jeff Horn 16-0-1 (11ko’s) who to many people, is a fight for the money and not to continue his legacy. Horn is an untested fighter and does not have the resume of a fighter that should be fighting one of the all time greats.
Pacquiao has admitted to signing to fight Horn, despite ever hearing off him or knowing who he is. Manny’s promoter Bob Arum know’s his fighter is on his last handful of fights and is going to try to capitalize on them by bringing in as much money as possible, and not too interested as to who the opponent is.
Horn is promoted by Duco Events, who are also the promoters of the current WBO Heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, and they are starting to bring some exposure down under, however to stage a fight of this magnitude they will need extreme financial backing to make this work, and to cover the costs of Pacquiao’s purse.
They have apparently reached out to the Australian government to receive a grant to help fund the event, as they think it will bring in revenue upwards of $200million. This will be a huge weekend for boxing in Australia as many people would kill to see Pacquiao fight, and they will now finally have the chance.
It’s clear now Pacquiao and his promoter will be looking to fight whoever can give the most money, and they are happy to travel if the purse is right. It’s quite a shame if this is how the end of his career will pan out as the likes of Danny Garcia, Kell Brook, Errol Spence Jr, Terence Crawford, Keith Thurman and Vasyl Lomachenko could all be fights made.
However you can’t take away credit for the two decade career he has had, and considering he started his career as a teenager standing just 4ft11. He also used to weigh in with sand in his pockets as he was 7 pounds under the minimum weight limit, weighing just 7 stone.