Tonight at 9 pm ET on ESPN, Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring in Brisbane, Australia, hitting the road to take on home hero Jeff Horn, with Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title on the line.
We’ll have live coverage for the card, with Wil Esco on the round by round call.
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO) is the heavy favorite in the fight, and to some, the only real question is whether or not he’ll score his first stoppage win since 2009. Horn (16-0-1, 11 KO) is a former Olympian, but totally untested not just on this level, but the level (maybe two or three) below this, too.
The undercard will feature a second world title fight, as Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KO) defends the IBF super flyweight title against Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KO). Ancajas is an even bigger betting favorite than Pacquiao.
The ESPN broadcast will also feature Shane Mosley Jr (10-1, 7 KO) taking on David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KO), and Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KO) facing Jarrett Owen (5-4-3, 2 KO).
JEFF HORN def. MANNY PACQUIAO by UD (117-111, 115-113, 115-113)
JERWIN ANCAJAS def. TEIRU KINOSHITA by TKO (1:53 of Round 7)
MICHAEL CONLAN def. JARRETT OWEN by TKO (1:56 of Round 3)
DAVID TOUSSAINT def. SHANE MOSLEY JR by SD (75-77, 77-76, 77-76)
ROUND BY ROUND
MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JEFF HORN
Round 1: Horn comes out feinting a lot and tries to catch Pac early with a right hand. Horn misses on two hooks. Horn comes forward throwing a dozen punches at Pacquiao, who laughts at Horn. Horn throwing a lot of hard punches early, being really rough with Pacquiao inside. Pacquiao leaps forward but gets clipped with a right hand, but Pacquiao gets in a punch that knocks out Horn's mouthpiece. Referee calls time to let Horn put it back in. Pac catches Horn with a counter shot! Horn hammers Pacquaio up close. Horn 10-9.
Round 2: Horn comes out aggressive again, trying to impose his size in Pacquiao. Pacquiao weaves a Horn punch but whiffs on his own counter. Horn is throwing a lot of punches early, using awkward movements to confuse Pacquiao. Horn gets Pacquiao on the ropes and attacks with a few body shots. Pacquiao lands a clean left hand. Hard left to the body shocks Horn. Pacquiao follows that up with another punch, but that doesn't deter Horn. I'm giving Horn this one too on his aggression. Horn 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Horn bullies Pac to the ropes again and strafes him along the ropes. Horn taking advantage of Pacquiao covering up every time he wants to attack. Hard left hook lands for Horn. Horn presses forward but Pacquiao attacks back and lands a left to the body. Hard left hook lands for Horn again. Counter right hook lands for Pac! Horn attacks again with three punches, trying to impose his youthful exuberance. Pacquiao lands some shots to end the round. Better round for Pac. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 4: Both fighters try to counter each other's jabs. Hard left hand lands for Pacquiao. Both fighters get tangles and Manny hits the deck. Horn is apply a lot of pressure on Pacquiao, trying to dictate the pace. Pacquiao lands a coutple short punches in the clinch. Pac loads up on a homerun left hand that misses the mark. Now a hard body shot for lands for Pacquiao. Lead uppercut lands for Horn who catches Pac by surprise. Counter right hook lands for Pacquiao, who then lands a flurry to the body as the bell rings. Pacquiao 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Pac tries to time a counter left hand but just misses. Horn attacks with three punches, landing a left hook to the body, Pac waves on Horn. Pac tries another left to the body but this one falls a little short. Now Pacquiao lands a right hand as Horn presses forward. Horn is really making this a physically rough fight on Pacquiao, muscling him in the clinch. Pac tries to counter Horn's aggression and lands a few! Horn might walk into something big soon. Now Pac lands a clean left hand at the bell! Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 6: Horn get Pac to the ropes again and strafes him with a bunch of punches. Referee calls a time as an accidental headbutt causes a cut on Pac's scalp. Referee restarts the action and Pac has a lot of blood dripping on his face and chest. Counter right hook lands for Pac, who then pivots away to center ring. Horn press Pac back to the ropes but can't get off cleanly. Hard right hand from Horn stuns Pacquiao!! Pacquiao regains his composure quickly and tries to get it back, but it's too late. I think Horn landed the best punch of the round. Horn 10-9, 57-57.
Round 7: Not a lot of clean action in the opening minute of the round. Pacquiao has a glob of Vaseline on the big cut on his head. Horn lands a clean jab. Horn throws a lead right hand and then ties up Pac. Pac tries a lot of counter shots in between Horn's attack but can't fight a target. Another nasty headbutt and Pac has another cut from an accidental head clash. Pac looks concerned. We're back in action and Pac looks like Carrie on prom night. Pac is pretty pissed off and is looking to land a hard left, which he does to the body. Hard round to score due to messy action but I think Pac edged it. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 8: Pacquiao is trying to end this fight right now with a left hand. He's taking chances to try to knockout Horn. Pac lands a right hand but misses with the left. Both fighters clash again and Pac throws Horn to the canvas out of frustration. Pacquiao ducks a few Horn punches and then throws a big left hand. Horn gets tied up with Pac and tries to rough him up on the inside. Two good punches land for Horn. Horn is really bullying Pacquiao on the inside. Hard rounds to score but I'll lean Horn here. Horn 10-9, 76-76.
Round 9: Horn comes out on the attack right away and throws a dozen punches at Pacquiao, who hides behind a high guard on the ropes. Hard left hand lands for Pac as Horn walks forward, Horn takes it well. Pac is chasing Horn now trying to KO him! A BRAWL BREAKS OUT! Horn lands a counter, Pac lands a counter on the counter, the crowd is buzzing! Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn are going to war! Now Horn's face is a bloody mess. Pacquiao is tagging Horn all over the place. Pacquiao 10-9!!! Could easily be scored 10-8.
Round 10: This fight was nearly stopped in between rounds but they're giving Horn a shot. Pac seems a little tired from all the punches he threw the last round. A sloppy round as both fighters are a little battle fatigued. Horn digs deep and tries to press Pac by throwing lots of punches to the head and body. Counter right hand lands for Pac. Horn's face is looking bad. Horn 10-9, 95-95.
Round 11: Pretty slow rounds as both fighters used a lot of energy. Clinch after clinch and the crowd is getting upset. Horn continues to bully Pacquiao inside with questionable tactics. Referee calls a time out to cut loose tape on Horn's glove. Hard right hand lands for Horn but Pac evens it up with a right hand. Horn puts Pac in a headlock and taps his head with the other hand. Referee warns him. Pac edged this round with the slightly cleaner work. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 12: Hard left to the body lands for Pacquiao, Pac blocks a Horn right hook. Another time out to cut tape from Horn's glove. Pacquiao catches Horn in an exchange with a little flurry. Horn walks into a hard right hand! Pac goes on the attack and the fighters end up in a clinch. Clean lead left hand lands for Pacquiao. Both fighers trade to the final bell in an unexpectedly entertaining scrap! Pacquiao 10-9. BLH scores it for Pacquiao, 115-113.
JERWIN ANCAJAS vs. TEIRU KINOSHITA
Round 1: Ancajas attacks right out the gates with a one, one-two combination as Kinoshita pulls away. The southpaw Ancajas circles ro his right as he tries to find an angle for his straight left hand. Ancajas lands a hard left jab to the body. Kinoshita gets clipped with an overhand right. Ancajas goes back down to the body after leading with a jab. Ancajas in control early. Ancajas 10-9.
Round 2: Ancajas unloads a number of body punches in close. Ancajas targets the body again with a jab to the body, then chopping a left hand over the top. Ancajas is really punishing Kinoshita's body early, but just like that Kinoshita has a cut over his right eye -- maybe from an accidental head butt. The referee calls a time out so doctors can look at the cut over Kinoshita's eye. The doc clears Kinoshita and we're back underway. The fighters are exchanging punches now as they battle center ring. Ancajas is getting the better of it. Ancajas 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: The cut over Kinoshita's eye has been ruled a legal blow. Kinoshita tries an overhand left in close that doesn't land clean. Another hard body punch lands for Ancajas. Kinoshita misses on a combination as Ancajas seems to have taken his foot off the gas a little this round. The crowd grows anxious. Now Ancajas unloads several punches on Kinoshita. Kinoshita wants to return the favor but Ancajas is able to dance away. Ancajas 10-9.
Round 4: Ancajas gets in a hard uppercut to the body amidst a short combination. Kinoshita tries to pop the jab a little but it's nothing more than a decoy. Hard left jab lands for Ancajas. Now Ancajas throws a looping shot trying to catch Kinoshita off guard. Ancajas is getting more comfortable and mixing up his attack now. Ancajas consistently lands body shots when the two fighters exchange. Ancajas 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Kinoshita comes out with a sloppy lead right hook that misses by a mile - an early sign of desperation? Ancajas laying back this round, letting Kinoshita come to him. Kinoshita isn't so inclined to do so, so the action is intermittent. Very few landed punches this round. The crowd is dead silent. Now Kinoshita lands the good body shot on Ancajas. Well, Kinoshita might've done a little better this round, but I still don't think it's enough. Ancajas 10-9.
Round 6: Both fighters try to exchange but hit nothing but air. Hard right jab lands for Ancajas. Ancajas lands a one-two combination on Kinoshita. Ancajas lands a right uppercut to the body. Ancajas throws another three punch combination the ends to the body. Kinoshita's cut eye appears to be swelling up, obscuring his vision. Ancajas 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Ancajas tries a lead right hook to start the round, Kinoshita catches it. Kinoshita looks blind in his right eye at this point, it's swelled up tremendously. A couple hard jabs land which is followed by a right hook that drops Kinoshita. Kinoshita gets up right before the 10 count but the referee doesn't like how he looks so waves off the fight. Ancajas TKO-7.
MICHAEL CONLAN vs. JARRETT OWEN
Round 1: Conlan comes out calm as Owen bounces around, not wanting to stand in front of the man. Now Conlan throws a bomb of a right hand but it doesn't find the target. Owen has an awkward style, giving Conlan a little trouble early trying to time him. Conlan looks to be the much bigger and stronger fighter in the ring. Conlan tags Owen with a right hook to the body. Owen bouncing around the ring so much he stumbles over the referee. Conlan lands a straight left downstairs. This is clearly one of those showcase fights. Conlan 10-9.
Round 2: Owen comes out and throws a couple punches at the opening bell but then gets back on his whacky tricycle. Not much action as Conlan is having a hard time tracking down Owen, who clearly doesn't want to fight. Conlan tries to go down to the body and he might want to do much more of that. Conlan tags Owen with a couple overhand right hands to end the round. Conlan 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Conlan land a right uppercut to the body, then presses Owen to the ropes and tries to get off some shots. Conlan doubles up left hooks to the head and body which stings Owen. Owen has used every, single, inch of this this ring. Conlan targets the body again and hurts Owen, who hunches over and stops fighting. Referee is forced to step in and call it off. Conlan TKO-3.
SHANE MOSLEY JR. vs. DAVID TOUSSAINT
Round 1: Mosley Jr. walks into a Toussaint straight left right out the gates. Toussaint tags Mosley Jr. with two punches. Mosley Jr. comes back and wants to skirmish but Toussaint hits him with a straight left to the body. Mosley comes forward but Toussaint is getting off first and getting the better of the exchanges. Mosley Jr. seems a little hesitant. I think Toussaint takes the opening round. Toussaint 10-9.
Round 2: Toussaint clips Mosley Jr. with a short right hook that stings Mosley Jr. Mosley Jr. has a really basic approach but still seems a little more unsure about how he wants to deal with Toussaint. Toussaint is letting his punches flow and is getting to Mosley Jr. And just as I say that Toussaint looks to have a cut on the left side of his face, its not clear if it came from a punch. Toussaint gets aggressive and tags Mosely Jr. with a hard left hand and then a solid right hook. The two exchange punches to end the round. Despite the cut I still think Toussaint takes the round with the better work. Toussaint, 20-18.
Round 3: Toussaint takes two hard punches as the fighters walk in close. Toussaint tries to throw a lead straight left but it falls shot this time. Toussaint is really taking advantage of Mosley's poor defense to get off punches almost at will. Toussaint throws five punches, lands maybe one, but Mosley can't cope well early in this fight. Toussaint is taking Mosley Jr. to school. Toussaint 30-27.
Round 4: Mosely Jr. comes out very aggressively in this round and tries to back Toussaint to the ropes. Mosley Jr. has no head movement and doesn't even pull back off punches well, he's a sitting duck. Mosley Jr. comes forward with two straight right hands but they fall short. Mosley is looking to load up on hard right hands in an attempt to change the tenor of this fight. Mosley Jr. lands an overhand right hand, Toussaint lands a clean right uppercut. Mosley is having a hard time dealing with the southpaw style, so now he tries to turn southpaw himself momentarily. I think Mosley's aggression gets him on the board. Mosley 10-9.
Round 5: Toussaint lands another straight left hand early. Toussaint counters Mosley Jr. with a right jab off his come-forward aggression. Now Toussaint sneaks in a lead jab before attacking with a short combination. Toussaint doing a good job of going to both the head and body in his combinations. Mosley tries to land a right uppercut but it doesn't land clean. Now the two trade. Troussaint is just a better polished fighter than Mosley Jr. Troussaint 10-9, 49-46.
Round 6: Mosley walks in and lands a three punch combination, but then eats two left hands back with his lazy defense, pulling straight back -- and not even pulling back any considerable distance. Toussaint lands several hard body punches and Mosely Jr. looks like he might be starting to fade. Mosley paws with the jab and then eats a head-snapping left hand in return. Good body punch to lands for Mosley....ummm....the commercials just cut in abruptly...Poor execution ESPN! Toussaint 10-9?
Round 7: Mosley Jr. lands a good body shot on Toussaint. Mosley Jr. walks in now tries to chop Toussaint to the body. Toussaint is either taking a breather of is getting winded. Now Toussaint lands an overhand left hand. Toussaint still landing whenever he lets his hands go but Mosley is outworking him a little in this round. I think Mosley Jr. gets this round. Mosley Jr. 10-9, 56-58.
Round 8: Mosley Jr. looking for a knockout now, seemingly knowing he's down on the cards. Toussaint is moving around the ring getting Mosley to follow him, trying to sneak in punches in between Mosley Jr's. Right hook lands for Toussaint. Both fighters a little arm weary but fight to the last bell. Toussaint controlled this fight. Toussaint 10-9. BLH scores it for Toussaint, 78-74.