BRISBANE, Australia - Jeff Horn passed his initial test against Manny Pacquiao.
The Australian challenger made the welterweight limit during the official weigh-in for his title fight against Pacquiao. Horn came in at exactly 147 lbs to the wild cheers of family and supporters in attendance at the Suncorp Stadium here on Saturday.
Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO)welterweight champ, tipped in a shade lighter at 146 lbs.
Concerns about Horn not making the weight was the order of the day prior to the proceedings as the unbeaten Australian admitted still being six pounds over the limit on the eve of the weigh-in, which was broadcast live by ESPN.
But the 29-year-old former school teacher had no problem making it the moment he tipped the weighing scale in his black underwear.
"I'm gonna feel a lot better," said an obviously relieved Horn as he faced members of the media ashortly after.
“I’ll eat a good meal and veggie stuff and keep drinking, and keep up with the fluids all day and all night,” added Horn, who reportedly had to skip a meal the night before just to make the weight.
That was in stark contrast to Pacquiao, as the champion had the luxury to even eat his brekfast and yet still came under the weight limit.
Pacquiao, who was the first to weigh in, threw both his blue jacket and track suit to the crowd, along with his white shirt and pair of black shoes before hitting the scale just on his white socks and black boxers short. He flashed his signature smile and flexed his muscles once his weight registered.
Horn on the other hand, had his fight face on, hardly smling as the cameras clicked away and his entire family at the front seat cheering him on.
"Finally I told to myself I was not smiling. Probably I was not in a good mood because I have to go down in weight," said the challenger.
"Yeah, game face is on. School is out."
In the main supporting bout, Filipino Jerwin Ancajas also made weight at 114 lbs as he defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight crown against Teiru Kinoshita (115 lbs).
Likewise making the weight was another Pinoy fighter in Junel Dapidran. The cousin of Pacquiao will be featured as the opener in the scheduled seven-fight card on Sunday against Aussie Brent Dames.