Horn has message for Manny after fight confirmed
BOXING: Jeff Horn has a simple message for all-time boxing great Manny Pacquiao ahead of their July 2 superfight at Suncorp Stadium - "Be ready - because I will be."
At a press conference to formally announce Australia's biggest ever fight, Horn said reports that Pacquiao was hoping to make a lightning visit to Brisbane for a quick victory only made him train all that much harder.
"I hope Manny takes me lightly," Horn said.
"I hope he underestimates me because when he gets in that ring and there are 55,000 people cheering he is in for a big shock. I've underestimated opponents early in my amateur career and I ended up losing because of it.
"He's had a lot more experience than me and fought all the greats but I'm hungry and I'm training to cause a big upset.
"I promise the people of Australia that I will train harder than ever before for this fight.
"Manny is one of the greatest fighters of all time but I believe I'm getting him at the right time in his career. He's 38 now and I'm 29 and I'm ready to take his world title."
Flanked by Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Kate Jones, the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, at a press conference at New Farm Park - Horn said fighting Pacquiao was the opportunity of a lifetime.
"When I started out boxing to protect myself from bullies I never dreamed I would be fighting a legend at Suncorp Stadium,'' Horn said.
"This is a great event and I'm in in to win it."
Pacquiao will hit Brisbane on April 24 with promoter Bob Arum for a national publicity tour.
Kate Jones said the fight would be the biggest event ever held at Suncorp with the biggest crowd ever at the venue - 55,000 - expected and that it would be one of the biggest sports events in the world for 2017.
Tickets will go on sale on April 26 and promoters Duco Events say there will be 6000 tickets priced at $39 with another 20,000 priced under $100.
"This will be a unique sporting event in Australian history," promoter Dean Lonergan said.
"We want to give everyone in Australia the opportunity of attending and we have priced the tickets so that families can not only see one of the greatest names in boxing history but the chance for a Brisbane boy to shock the world in what could be one of the biggest wins ever by an Australian sportsman."
Minister for Sport, Mick de Brenni said elite boxing attracted some of the largest audiences of any sport.
"Queensland has always punched above our weight in most sports and now we've cemented our state as the premier venue for major events in Australia," he said.
"We've seen plenty of State of Origin legends throw some punches here but this spectacle of the kid from Brisbane taking on a boxing legend, will be something people will talk about for years to come.
"Installation of new screens is under way at Suncorp Stadium, and if everything goes to plan we'll see Horn vs. Pacquiao in massive, high definition LED."