Manny Pacquaio fight with Jeff Horn in Australia set for confirmation

Manny Pacquiao holds the WBO welterweight belt aloft after his victory over Jessie Vargas.
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Manny Pacquiao holds the WBO welterweight belt aloft after his victory over Jessie Vargas.

Arguably the biggest fight in Australian boxing history is expected to be locked in later on Wednesday.

It's understood Jeff Horn's proposed blockbuster bout against the legendary Manny Pacquiao will go ahead, with an announcement set for 1.30pm local time in Brisbane (4.30pm NZ Time).

Horn's promoters, New Zealand company Duco Events, have been in the US holding discussions with Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter and one of the most powerful figures in the sport.

Jeff Horn celebrates after his victory over Ali Funeka at Vector Arena on December 10.
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Jeff Horn celebrates after his victory over Ali Funeka at Vector Arena on December 10.

It's believed they have signed a conditional agreement that allows planning for the fight to go ahead.

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It's not clear where it will be held, and though Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium is the preferred venue, a bidding war is likely to begin with Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide also in contention.

Horn, 28, is undefeated after 17 professional fights and last month knocked out South African veteran Ali Funeka while Arum was ringside in Auckland.

Arum has been enamoured with the former schoolteacher and 2012 Olympian ever since and believes he has the ability and image to carve out a US fanbase.

Pacquiao, 38, captured the WBO welterweight title for the third time in his last fight against Jessie Vargas in November.

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He has a 59-6-2 record but has not knocked out an opponent since Miguel Cotto in 2009.

 - AAP

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