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

Pacquiao’s ultimate insult to Horn

THE fight isn't over until it's over. Always focus what's in front of you. Two boxing cliches, but two that remain true.

Not many people think Jeff Horn has what it takes to upset Manny Pacquiao in their WBO welterweight world title fight on Sunday in Brisbane - especially Team Pacquiao.

His promoter, Bob Arum, has revealed that plans are already in place for Pacquiao's next fight.

Arum revealed in an interview with ESPN, that the Filipino senator is expected to hold his next bout in his home country.

Philipino boxer Manny Paquiao poses in front of the Brisbane sign after training at South Bank
Philipino boxer Manny Paquiao poses in front of the Brisbane sign after training at South Bank News Corp Australia

Pacquiao has not fought in the Philippines since 2006. Eighteen of his last 20 fights have been held in the United States, with the other two held in Macau, China.

Pacquaio's rare sojourn away from the boxing capital will continue after his Suncorp Stadium appearance, with several Manila-based casinos believed to be bidding to hold the home town showdown.

"We would do it in the same way we are doing this fight with Horn, where we would put it on Sunday morning in the Philippines so we could have it on in prime time in the United States on a Saturday night and we would also probably do it with ESPN," Arum told ESPN.

Pacquiao's fight with Horn is the first fight in 11 years that will not be on pay-per-view throughout the world. The Horn showdown will be shown for free (everywhere except Australia) on ESPN.

Arum revealed that the Manilla fight will also not be on pay-per-view, given Pacquiao's last fight, against Jessie Vargas did just 250,000 buys.

The Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas fight underwhelmed on pay-per-view.
The Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas fight underwhelmed on pay-per-view. Supplied

This means Pacquiao is not expected to fight a big name in the welterweight division.

ESPN writer Dan Rafael revealed that Russian Konstantin Ponomarev (32-0) is being lined up for the fight, despite a push from ring fans to see the legend face top contenders like Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford.

"If you put Manny in with any of those guys, even if we could make a deal, they're really unknown outside the United States and they're not that well known in the U.S. outside the boxing community," Arum said.

"So Manny versus Thurman or the other guys in the division, while they would be good fights and they are good fighters, will do mediocre numbers on pay-per-view. Maybe 300,000 or 400,000 buys.

"So unless there was somebody who breaks out to become known to the public at large it's really not worth it because Manny wants to get paid and the opponent wants to get paid a lot of money.

"Certainly Manny's popularity has dropped in the United States. He's not the Pacquiao that was whacking guys out, so obviously some of the shine is off."

There is a rematch clause in the contract for Jeff Horn's fight with Pacquiao in Brisbane, meaning should Horn pull off a shock upset at Suncorp Stadium, he may inherit the Philippines showdown.

But it seems Top Rank and Team Pacquiao certainly aren't planning on that happening.

Dubbed the Battle of Brisbane, the epic boxing event between legendary world champion

Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao and Australian World Welterweight contender Jeff 'The Hornet'

Horn will be available to subscribers for $59.95 at www.pachornstream.com.au. as well as Main Event PPV on 131 999.

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