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KO victory to boost Pacquiao’s stock

Brisbane—The drawing power of Manny Pacquiao remains as strong as ever with his fight against Jeff Horn billed as the “Battle of Brisbane” headed for a sellout.

“They (Australian organizers) told me that 45,000 tickets have been sold and that they’ve added 5,000 more,” said Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s longtime adviser, referring to the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, venue of the world title fight.

Manny Pacquiao.
And so as not to disappoint the fans, Koncz said Sunday that Pacquiao needed to score an impressive win over Horn, who may hardly be known globally but is regarded as a local icon here.

“Manny needs to make a statement,” said Koncz, who arrived here six days ahead of Team Pacquiao. “We can’t go and have a 12-round decision.”

Koncz feels that Horn’s come-forward style makes him ripe for Pacquiao’s picking.

“Horn is a great kid. Nothing personal against him, but he is not in the league of Manny, hasn’t got the experience of Manny, probably has the heart of Manny,” said Koncz.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/253622/ko-victory-boost-pacquiaos-stock

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