Boxing interest is surging with Green-Mundine and Pacquiao-Horn fights

Neilwin Bravo Roar Rookie

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    All of a sudden, boxing is catching up with other sports in terms of interest in the land Down Under.

    These days, it’s just as hot as summer.

    Known for its passion for footy, rugby and cricket, boxing is like third rate when it comes to drawing the interest of Aussie sports fans.

    It has changed lately, and what a perfect time it is for promoter Bob Arum to bring his boxing promotions to a country whose most notable contributions to boxing are Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, and half Aussie Vic Darchinyan.

    The sports world here is ‘intrigued’ with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s much-awaited fight against Brisbane’s former Olympian Jeff Horn on April 23 in Brisbane, although the fight has not been signed by the fighting senator from the Philippines.

    The fight is seen by many as a win-win situation for most parties. For Australia, the superfight will be the biggest yet and one that could put the country in the boxing map of venues for many upcoming promotions.

    For Horn, it is the biggest fight of his young career, one that could bring in some fortune and a lot of global attention, win or lose.

    For Pacquiao, the fight could boost his bid for another megafight with Floyd Mayweather before he finally walks into the sunset.

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    For Queensland, it could mean $200 million in revenue.

    Before that fight happens, boxing will see a rematch of Australia’s fiercest ring rivals. Danny Green and Anthony Mundine clash at the Adelaide Oval on February 3 in a rematch that has created heaps of airtime on a week that is dominated by tennis news from the Australian Open in Melbourne.

    Green, who held the WBA light-heavyweight title from 2007 to 2008, the IBO cruiserweight title twice, from 2009 to 2013, and the WBC interim super middleweight title from 2003 to 2005, is a fan favourite.

    On the other hand, Mundine is Australia’s two-time WBA super-middleweight who held the title from 2003 to 2004 and 2007 to 2008. He was also the IBO middleweight title-holder from 2009 to 2010, and the WBA interim super-welterweight title-holder from 2011 to 2012.

    Before moving to boxing, Mundine was the highest paid player in the NRL.

    The Mundine-Green fight has by far sold some 40,000 tickets and the pay per view price is set at a prohibitive $59.99, the same as the Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight.

    Most pubs across Australia will be showing the fight.

    If the Mundine-Greene fight could pack the crowd in, imagine how much crowd the Pacman versus Hornet fight would attract at the Suncorp Stadium if the bout ever happens there.

    The Pacquiao-Horn fight looms as Australia’s biggest boxing bonanza ever. The fight contract, however, has not yet been signed by Pacquiao.

    There is speculation in boxing circles that Pacquiao will just be using the Horn fight to boost the demand for another megafight with Floyd Mayweather to close out his career.

    He is expected to breeze through the Brisbane-based former Olympian and PE teacher.

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • Roar Rookie

      January 31st 2017 @ 12:11pm
      Neilwin Bravo said | January 31st 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

      Pacquiao-Horn in QLD is a knockout!

    • Roar Guru

      January 31st 2017 @ 12:13pm
      BigJ said | January 31st 2017 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

      Hey Bravo, mate nice article, boxing does have a surge at the moment due to the rematch of Green and Mundine, but once this is over many will turn away from the sport. Many forget or dont’ care the Renold Qunilan the current IBO Supermiddleweight champ is defending his title against chirs ebank jr, on this Saturday in what is going to be a huge fight weekend for australia. Due to the fact that Qunilan is fighting the UK, it has not attracted any aussie attention which is a same considering Quinlan is the only World champ that Australia. has. In regads to Pacman – Horn dont count your chickens before they hatch, Pacman has not signed the contract yet so that fight is nothing more than a pipedream at the moment.

      • Roar Rookie

        January 31st 2017 @ 12:53pm
        Neilwin Bravo said | January 31st 2017 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

        Thanks mate. From a guru like you, I am flattered. Yeah, the Pacman has not signed the contract yet. Last time I checked though from Manila, looks like it’s closed to being sealed.

        • Roar Guru

          January 31st 2017 @ 1:42pm
          BigJ said | January 31st 2017 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

          Mate, I’m nothing special , just started writing not even six months ago and got lucky i guess. But keep writing, let the articles fly and you ll never know what you can achieve. Good luck with you future articles. I read your profile and its says you have spent time in the Phillipness, tell me how long were you there? and is the fight billboard for the thrilla in manilla still around, i have heard mix things??

          • Roar Rookie

            February 3rd 2017 @ 2:52am
            Neilwin Bravo said | February 3rd 2017 @ 2:52am | ! Report

            I did not notice if the billboard was still there at the Big Dome, but I am pretty sure it’s been archived.

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