Jeff Horn has opened a long-odds outsider for his April 23 WBO welterweight world title fight against modern day legend Manny Pacquiao.
After weeks of speculation, a bout between the two boxers was announced this afternoon, with a venue to be disclosed at a later date.
Sports bookmaker UBET was quick to install the 38-year-old Filipino as the $1.20 favourite, posting the Brisbane boxer at $4.50.
“No question, this will be one of the biggest betting events of the year in any sport, wherever it ends up being held,” said UBET spokesperson Gerard Daffy.
“Boxing punters normally flock to the ‘Pac Man’, but in this case, we reckon there’ll be a line out the door to take the underdog at a knockout price.”
“We expect to hold a huge amount of sentimental money on Horn.”
Pacquiao is the first and only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions. He recaptured the WBO welterweight title last November with a points decision win over Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas.
Dubbed ‘The Fighting Schoolteacher’, Horn has an unblemished 17 fight record and last month knocked out South African journeyman Ali Funeka to earn his shot at the WBO title. A 2012 Olympian, Horn only took up boxing a decade ago to defend himself against bullies.
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