Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao concedes his next opponent Jeff Horn is a bit of an unknown quantity.


Pacquiao & Horn

But has told the Australian he needs to be in peak condition to make sure their WBO welterweight title fight pleases fight fans Down Under.

Pacquiao made a low-key entry to Australia on Monday, touching down at Brisbane airport for a promotional tour for their July 2 bout at Lang Park, and speaking briefly to reporters before being whisked away by handlers.

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“I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a fighter,” Pacquiao told local media.

“I haven’t watched his fights yet, but I’m going to get his last three fights and watch it.

“My message for him is to work hard, and make sure you’re 100 per cent conditioned on July 2 so we can give a good fight, we can entertain people.”

The fight against Horn (16-0-1) will be the 38-year-old Pacquiao’s first, since his unanimous decision victory for the title over American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas last November.

Pacquiao had previously agreed to an April fight against Briton Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates.

But his promoter Bob Arum said last month it had been postponed after the $38 million offer for the bout failed to materialise.

The Horn-Pacquiao fight is eagerly anticipated in Australia and will be the biggest boxing event held in the country in decades.

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