Jeff Horn of Australia (centre) celebrates his win against Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during the WBO World Welterweight Title fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Sunday, July 2, 2017.
Jeff Horn of Australia (centre) celebrates his win against Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during the WBO World Welterweight Title fight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Sunday, July 2, 2017. AAP Image - Dave Hunt

LIVE BLOG: Jeff Horn beats Manny Pacquiao after 12 rounds

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The world wrote him off, but there's no mistaking "The Hornet" now.

Jeff Horn is the new WBO welterweight champion, taking the title from the legendary Filipino in an epic bout at Suncorp Stadium.

Horn raced out of the blocks and his early pressure proved too much for Pacquiao. The Australian put the foot on the gas and didn't let it up.

The new champion used his larger frame to bully Pacquiao in the clinch, often forcing him against the ropes and scoring towards the body.

It was very nearly over in the ninth round when the referee asked the Australian to "show me something in this round or I'm stopping the fight". It came after Pacquiao piled on the punishment moments earlier in a bruising few minutes where it looked like he would bring Horn's mission to a premature end.

The local hero began to wilt in the latter rounds and the champion looked the more resilient as the fight went to the death.

In the end Horn's early lead proved enough. The aggression and punishment he dealt in the opening stages was too much of a gap for Pacquiao to close in the stretch.

Cut, bloody and broken, Jeff Horn is champion of the world courtesy of what Danny Green called an "unbelievable" effort in "one of the biggest upsets".

Manny Pacquiao, left, and Jeff Horn pose for a photo after weighing themselves in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, July 1, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO welterweight world title on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn.
Manny Pacquiao, left, and Jeff Horn pose for a photo after weighing themselves in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, July 1, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO welterweight world title on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. AP Photo - John Pye

EARLIER: HERE'S everything you need to know about Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn in Brisbane including live, round by round coverage of the fight at Suncorp Stadium on July 2 and fight time, undercard and tickets.

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When and where is the fight happening?

Suncorp Stadium on July 2.

What time does it start?

The main card kicks off at 11am AEST time and there's three fights scheduled before the main event, so the big one should kick off at about 1:45pm.

What belt are they fighting for?

The World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight belt

How can I watch?

Main Event have the rights to the fight in Australia, and for $59.95 you can watch it in your own home.

Can I still get tickets?

You sure can. The cheapest tickets are going for $39 while you can get a seat on the field itself for $304.25.

Who's going to win?

Pacquiao is the strong favourite. He's never really been the same since Juan Manuel Marquez knocked him out in 2012 but he is still a legend of the fight game.

The only eight-division world champion in the sports history and even though he's past his athletic prime he's still being backed over the vastly less experienced Horn (16-0-1).

This fight has attracted some criticism in Europe and America due to Horn's low international profile. Horn has just 17 professional fights to his name and his most notable victory, his 2016 win over Randall Bailey, was over an opponent long past his best.

Horn is a talented fighter with a compelling story and the former schoolteacher is one of Australia's best fighting exports for some time. If he can score an upset over the Filipino it will propel him to boxing superstardom - the fight will be televised live across America on ESPN.

What should I bet on?

Pacquiao is $1.20 to Horn's $4.50 while a Pacquiao decision is $1.95. A Horn knockout is $6.00 if you're feeling adventurous.

Who is on the undercard?

In terms of the prelim card, the most interesting bout is between Australian light-heavyweight Damien Hooper (12-1) and Russian prospect Umar Salamov (19-0).

On the main card, keep an eye out for featherweight Michael Conlon (2-0). The Irishman made headlines during the 2016 Olympics for an expletive-laden rant surrounding the corruption of amateur boxing and has two knockouts in his first two professional fights. He'll take on Jarrett Owen (5-4-3), a local boy he should handle easily.

The other fight of note is the showdown or the IBF World Junior Bantamweight title between another Filipino, Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1), and Japan's own. Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1).

Originally published as The ultimate guide to Pacquiao-Horn

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