Humble hero hits fame and riches
JEFF Horn, Brisbane’s humble hero, is on track to become the biggest earning sportsman in Australia and prove that nice guys can finish first.
The Fighting Schoolteacher says he is still gobsmacked by a whole new world in which he doesn’t even have time to respond to a text message from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The World Boxing Organization welterweight champion is poised to reap a fortune after conquering Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday on one of the greatest days ever in Australian sport. He will be given a ticker- tape parade through Brisbane’s CBD on Thursday.
Celebrity agent Max Markson, who has represented the likes of Nelson Mandela, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush Snr, says Horn’s purses could surpass the multi- million dollar earnings of basketballer Andrew Bogut and golfers Adam Scott and Jason Day.
“Most of the money in boxing JEFF Horn could soon find himself rubbing shoulders with the same ESPN personalities who slammed the decision to crown him the victor in Sunday’s Battle of Brisbane.
Top Rank supremo Bob Arum has suggested Australia’s new WBO welterweight champion should be formally introduced to the US boxing scene at the ESPY Awards, the sports network’s glitzy annual presentations, in Los Angeles on July 12. It comes after a hysterical overseas reaction to Horn’s unanimous points victory over the legendary Manny Pacquiao. comes from purses,’’ Markson said. “Jeff might earn $ 100,000 to $ 250,000 in an endorsement contract, $ 10,000 or so for appearances but the really big money is in the fights.
“If he keeps winning he’s looking at many millions for every fight.’’
Waking up next to his pregnant wife Jo yesterday Horn momentarily wondered if the victory before 51,025
ESPN presenter Stephen A. Smith was among the more voracious critics of the result while veteran analyst Teddy Atlas suggested Horn was handed the victory as a reward for merely “trying hard”.
“It’s fair to say if it all works out that we do go up there, we’d have a chat to Stephen A. Smith,” Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan said.
“He’s one of America’s great commentators.
“We’d have to talk to Jeff about that and see if he wanted to go. I’m sure he would.” people and a global television audience of more than 500 million might have been a dream but then he saw the championship belt on the dining room table and knew their lives would never be the same.
He has been promised $ 2 million for a rematch with Pacquiao that could take place at Suncorp Stadium in November, although Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Horn’s second cousin, agreed that the summer heat and the prospect of rain had to be considered.
Horn said it was “amazing’’ to contemplate how “life changing’’ the win was and how much he would earn for his next bout.
He and trainer Glenn Rushton, who first taught him how to punch when Horn was a bullied schoolboy 11 years ago, are now chasing a bout with unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather, the greatest money- maker in boxing history, with the chance it, too, could be held at Suncorp.
Mayweather earned close to $ 200 million beating Pacquiao in 2015. Pacquiao earned $ 165 million for that fight, though he picked up much less – $ 10 million – on Sunday. The beaten fighter flew home to the Philippines from the Gold Coast yesterday.
Horn said one of the first things he and Jo would do was replace her 2005 Toyota Camry. They still have a mortgage on their modest Acacia Ridge home but that will be getting knocked out pretty soon.