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Posted by Drew Martin
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This Saturday night, as part of the newly aligned Top Rank Boxing and ESPN mega TV deal, WBO welterweight champion Manny "PacMan" Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) will put his title on the line against Australian native Jeff "The Hornet" Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs). This fight will take place in Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia and begins at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN.

Let's look at where the money is going, along with opinions from boxing experts, trainers and my pick for the fight.

Where is the money going?

Jeff Sherman, sportsbook manager at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, opened the fight with Pacquiao -600 and Horn +450. "Pacquiao support has driven the price to -650/+475, but ticket count is fairly even," said Sherman. Sherman posted the total of the fight at 9.5 rounds over -215 and under +165. He got solid action on the under, dropping the line to -185/+165.

Evan Young (boxing sharp): "Manny Pacquiao, who needs no introduction the world over, is fighting a relative unknown in Jeff Horn. However, he is not a bad fighter. An Olympian from Australia, Horn is undefeated with his best wins coming against aged -- but still useful -- Randall Bailey and Ali Funeka. Horn has energy, skills and hits solidly. And I expect Horn to give a good effort, but I don't think he can do enough to get the win. Pacquiao isn't [the fighter] he once was, but he is still quite proficient as a fighter and has become a master-class boxer. I expect a brisk, reasonably competitive contest with Pacquiao coming out on top by an 8-4 or 9-3 type of margin."

Eric Bradley (boxing trainer): "Pacquiao wins to position himself for another large payday and uplifting his ego from the dumps via unanimous decision."

Colin Morrison (boxing sharp): "Based on his two outings last year, Pacquiao should have no problems winning this fight against Horn. Although the Australian will have the home advantage, I can't see him causing Manny any problems. I think PacMan can take advantage of Horn's lack of experience at this level and score his first stoppage victory in eight years. Pacquiao TKO before eight rounds have been completed." t-jeff-horn-manny-pacquiao-fight-boxing

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