Jeff Horn (+175) vs. Manny Pacquiao (-200), Draw (+2000)
When Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs), an unknown Australian boxer, was announced to be Manny Pacquiao’s (59-7-2, 38 KOs) next opponent, many hoped to see the 38-year-old eight-division world champion finally land his first knockout victory in over seven years.
But things didn’t exactly go as planned earlier this month. Not only did Pacquiao fail to find the knockout, he was defeated and stripped of his WBO welterweight title.
If we just look at the numbers, then it was an extremely one-sided affair. Pacquiao landed 182 punches to Horn’s 92. And when it came to power punches, the Pacman landed 123 big hits while the Hornet only managed 73.
Horn was the hungrier and busier fighter though, throwing a barrage of punches over 12 rounds and acting as the aggressor throughout the fight. But with only 17% of his punches meeting the target, he wasn’t able to inflict much damage.
Still, the judges contradicted the statistics and awarded Horn the win by unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight at 115-113 while the other somehow arrived at 117-111. The ruling was so hotly contested that the WBO ordered a review of the bout. However, five independent judges still favored the Australian after re-scoring the fight.
All this makes for a delicious rematch. Pacquiao is eager to reclaim the title he feels was stolen from him, and Horn is out to silence all his critics once and for all. Both fighters have already agreed to meet again, so now it’s up to the dealmakers to work something out. If it does happen, be sure to check out our review of the top betting sites so you can make the bet that fits you best.
Pacquiao is clearly the superior fighter and was able to outmaneuver the inexperienced Horn. He almost stopped Horn in the ninth round and finished the bout with plenty of gas left in the tank. He made the mistake of dropping a handful of early rounds due to inactivity, spending a little too much time sizing up his opponent and allowing Horn to apply the pressure.
He probably underestimated the Australian, expecting him to run empty in the later rounds where he could be stopped. That was almost the case, but Horn managed to drag himself to the finish line. In a rematch, Pacquiao will probably fight with a decision victory in mind. He’ll start the fight stronger and won’t allow Horn to pick up any passive rounds.
Horn exceeded expectations against Pacquiao, but their difference in boxing ability was on full display. He pulled off a huge upset in the first fight, but I wouldn’t count on it happening again.
Pick: Manny Pacquiao (-200)