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PACQUIAO-HORN FIGHT ON PREMIUM CABLE NOT PPV


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Bob Arum would prefer to show the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight on premium cable, not pay-per-view. The Australian promoters will meet with him in Las Vegas to talk about the details of the fight this week.

“Our preference is to have it free for customers in the United States,” Arum told Boxing.com. “But if that’s not possible, if nobody will step up to the plate and do it, it’s not only HBO, then what we do is maybe put on some of our fighters from the United States and do a split-site type of event and put it on pay-per-view.”

Arum added that enthusiasm on the fight in Australia is very high and it was headlined in all the Aussie papers. There were reports that thousands and thousands of people have already requested tickets.

Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said the planned fight with the eight-division world champion is a win-win for Arum. “If Jeff wins Bob Arum has a world champ with a lot of miles left in him, he has a great fighter for the next seven years who just beat a living legend. If Manny wins it’s business as usual," Rushton told Courier Mail.

But he said his boxer Jeff will win because he is like a younger, stronger Pacquiao. "He has the same deception in his moves, the angles, a very high work rate. They’re both hunters," Rushton added.

Rushton predicted a devastating fight as the two boxers move very well and can hit and knock an opponent out. “It’s going to be a blistering fight. Two busy guys who can both bang and move really well.’’

According to Horn, Arum is pushing for his fight with Pacquiao to happen sooner than later because the veteran promoter sees the match as a "changing of the guard."

Horn would love to fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane because it is his homecourt, his own city with the crowd support inspiring him. "The roar of the crowd would be fantastic, very motivating," Horn told Courier Mail.

There were plans to let Horn fight Jessie Vargas or Timothy Bradley and after winning he would be matched with Pacquiao. But the plan seems to have changed.

Horn is not carefree about Pacquiao's ability, pointing the fighting senator and IBF champion Kell Brook as the two most dangerous fighters at welterweight. He considered Pacquiao as a magnificent fighting machine coming up from lightflyweight to be a world lightmiddleweight champ and all the divisions in between.

"He’s a credit to his country and I’d say people who come to the fight would be coming to see him more than me. He’s a huge drawcard and he’s been a super champion for a long time," Jeff praised Manny.

Horn watched the replay of some of Pacquiao's most recent fights and he observed that the former pound-for-pound king has slipped in his boxing skills. The WBO No. 2 welterweight contender is not disturbed by the criticisms that he has no chance against the Filipino icon.

“Manny is still a great fighter, one of the greatest boxers ever,’’ Horn was quoted by The Sunday Mail. “But I feel I have the skills to beat him. He’s 38 and I’m 28. He’s slipped a little from his very best and I think now is a great time to challenge him."

Horn has the age and homecourt advantage which will be working for him. But Pacquiao still has the greater mastery and experience which makes him one of the most influential boxers of all time.


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