Pacquiao vs Horn to be broadcast on ESPN in US

Though the card airs on pay-per-view in Australia, it will be Pacquiao's first time fighting on basic cable in the West; Pacquiao's last non-PPV fight in North America was in September 2005, when he knocked out Hector Velasquez on HBO.

Australian boxer, Jeff Horn, said on Tuesday he was in the final stages of preparation for the upcoming world welterweight title fight in Brisbane against Manny Pacquiao, billed by local media to be the highest profile match ever held on Australian soil.

"Working with Top Rank on a match normally seen on pay-per-view is a significant moment for ESPN and for boxing fans".

The card includes a co-main event featuring 2016 Irish Olympian Michael Conlan, and as Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum has rounded up more young talent, like U.S. Olympian Shakur Stevenson, the ESPN relationship is expected to provide a more expansive showcase for talented fighters.

When Pacquiao steps in the ring, he'll be wearing Anta boxing boots, not Nike like he's fought many of his marquee fights in. A strong fighter, ' Pacquiao told the Courier Mail. From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories in five different weight classes, ranging from 130 to 154 pounds. On Nov. 5, Pacquiao regained the WBO welterweight title for a third time when he shellacked the once-defeated defending champion Jessie Vargas via another dominant 12-round unanimous decision. They had a combined record of 105-14-4 when he fought them. Horn, 29, represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games before turning pro in March 2013. Left and right hand, Horn is also powerful. There have already been approximately 50,000 tickets sold, meaning it has surpassed the Australian boxing attendance record of 38,000 that turned out at Princes Park Football Ground in Melbourne for then-junior lightweight champion Azumah Nelson's eighth-round knockout of Australian legend Jeff Fenech in the 1992 rematch between Hall of Famers.

  • Julie Sanders