Riches with reach: Horn has big money waiting
BOXING: All Jeff Horn has to do to earn $10 million next year is beat Gary Corcoran on Wednesday night. No pressure.
The path is virtually mapped out for Horn to become one of Australia's highest paid athletes next year should he retain his WBO World welterweight title against Englishman Corcoran in Brisbane.
Fight promoter Bob Arum confirmed yesterday that Horn's most recent opponent, Manny Pacquiao, will make a return to the boxing ring in April, most likely against American Mike Alvarado.
The Top Rank boss also revealed the winner of the Horn-Corcoran fight is set to face one of the sport's best pound-for-pound boxers, Terence Crawford.
"Manny is going to step up the plate again in April,” Arum said.
"Crawford is the mandatory, the winner of this fight has to fight Crawford, that's a big fight in itself.
"Whoever wins that fight, and if Manny wins this tune-up fight he's going to do, then the winner of that fight goes against Manny.
"I'll look for Horn to fight at least two or three major fights in the United States next year.”
Horn's promoter Dean Lonergan said 2018 could be life-changing for his fighter.
"There is a massive year lined up, a lot of people want to know what sort of money they're making, well Jeff Horn has got $1 million for this fight,” Longergan said.
"Going forward next year, realistically if he had three or four of the right fights, potentially he could have a $10 million year, maybe more.
"So there is a lot on the line for Jeff from a financial point of view, but also from a reputational point of view.
"The problem with Gary Corcoran is that this guy is extremely fit, he comes to fight, he's tough. If Jeff can score the first real knockdown against this guy it will be a massive step forward for him, but Jeff's got the power and strength and he should be able to do it.
"Assuming he gets past this fight, he's got some massive fights going forward. Jeff isn't distracted, he is not the one looking forward.
"Horn knows he's got to get past this fight to get to the next one, and the next one could be a multimillion-dollar payday against Terence Crawford, or go back down to hundreds of thousands of dollars if he trips up.”
If Horn manages to defeat Corcoran and Crawford - he would be a big underdog against the latter - his rematch with Pacquiao could be held in Las Vegas.
"The fight against the winner of Horn-Crawford will be in the United States, in Vegas, Manny doesn't want to fight in Brisbane,” Arum said.
Lonergan however said a rematch against the Filipino great could only occur in Brisbane, as per the original contract in the first fight, with the rematch clause stating a return bout had to take place at Suncorp Stadium.
Should Horn, who drains himself each time to make the welterweight cut, decide to step up in weight, a lucrative local bout against Anthony Mundine is also an option.
And British star Amir Khan became the latest high-profile name to call out Horn, attending the weigh-in on Tuesday in Brisbane and stating he hopes to take on the Australian next year.