BOXING: If Jeff Horn defends his newly won world title against Manny Pacquiao later this year, the boxing world will know who the former Brisbane schoolteacher is.

Before Sunday's WBO world welterweight battle at Suncorp Stadium, critics pretty much ignored Horn.

"It was, I guess, the Manny show," Horn told his press conference yesterday.

"Even on TV, I can remember watching programs saying the Manny Pacquiao fight in Brisbane.

"My name wasn't normally mentioned in those programs, but now hopefully I'm a bit more recognised and I've established myself in the boxing community a bit more."

ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, who usually calls basketball, made it clear he had no time for Horn, degrading him for being given a title shot.

"The problem, ladies and gentlemen, is all the people he's beaten have been no-names," Smith said before the fight.

Afterwards Smith said Pacquiao had been "robbed by some dude from Australia called Jeff Horn who has a corny nickname in The Hornet".

Pacquiao's trainer Freddy Roach called for an investigation into the scoring of the fight.

But Horn dismissed the controversy, saying there would always be doubters

in the world of boxing.

New WBO World Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn of Australia poses for a photo after his media conference in Brisbane, Monday, July 3, 2017. He won the title after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in a 12 rounds points decision. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING
New WBO World Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn of Australia poses for a photo after his media conference in Brisbane, Monday, July 3, 2017. He won the title after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in a 12 rounds points decision. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING DARREN ENGLAND

The battered and bruised Horn is excited by the prospect of a rematch with Pacquiao.

"It would be awesome to have him back here fighting and do it again if he wants to,'' he said.

"I'd prefer to come back here and fight in Queensland or Australia, but there's always the chance of the fight could possibly be made in America.''

With a line of stitches above a left eye so badly swollen that it had closed, Horn was somehow able to joke about the condition his face to the media yesterday.

"The face is actually feeling pretty good if I don't touch it,'' he said.

"If I try and make a frown or something then I can feel the bruises in it. Other than that it just feels like I have got one eye shut."

Pacquiao, who finished the fight with large cuts on either side of his head,

didn't fare much better.

If Filipino former champion invokes the rematch clause that was in the contract for Sunday's fight, Horn knows he will be in for an even tougher test.

"Manny Pacquiao is an absolute warrior, he's a legend of the sport,'' he said.

"I guess if we have a rematch and he puts in all in again he might come even better.''

And by then the world of boxing will know Jeff Horn.

News Corp Australia


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