Boxing News 2016: Jeff Horn Earning Shot At Manny Pacquiao?

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 11/25/16 12:11PM EST
Manny Pacquiao v Jessie Vargas
Manny Pacquiao is being primed for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017 with Terence Crawford looming as the backup according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.(Photo : Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao continues to get prospect opponent after his official return to boxing.

The Filipino boxing icon returned from a brief retirement last November 5, when he faced then WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. "Pacman" emerged victorious during the said fight via unanimous decision, proving that he could still hang with the toughest young fighters today.

With his win, his representatives have named several prospects for his next opponent. Promoter Bob Arum is eyeing for him to face either undefeated welterweight champion Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman. His trainer Freddie Roach meanwhile, wants a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"I think it's going to happen. There's a lot on the table and I think they can do it. I know Manny can fight a better fight and I was a little disappointed the first time, and I would love to have it one more time," Roach said via Boxingscene right after the fight.

Unsurprisingly, another name has popped in and added to the list: that of undefeated Australian fighter Jeff Horn. It was an idea that Arum himself broached, as he prepares for Horn's upcoming fight on December 10 in Auckland.

"They think he's a really good, good fighter and he belongs in the top echelon of welterweights," Arum said in a video message (via Boxingscene.com). "It remains to be seen, but he's an up and coming welterweight and he'll be fighting on the world stage in New Zealand, and then hopefully in the United States and the UK."

The 28-year-old Horn currently holds a record of 14-0-1, with ten wins by knockout. He last saw action last April against American welterweight Randall Bailey, where he won by seventh round stoppage. He retained the WBO Oriental and IBF inter-continental welterweight titles in the process, while winning the WBO Asia-Pacific championship. 



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