Discover what Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn did in Brisbane ahead of the big match

In Australia’s biggest ever boxing match, local champion Jeff Horn will take on global sporting icon and reigning title holder Manny Pacquiao for the chance to become Australia’s first-ever world welterweight champion in the Battle of Brisbane. 

Ahead of the big bout at Suncorp Stadium on 2 July, Pacquiao and Horn spent a day training in Brisbane and exploring the city's top sights. Find out what they got up to and spend a day in their shoes, laced up, bouncing, and ready for action.

Tickets are still available for the bout through Ticketek. Already have tickets? Discover things to do around the bout here.

The early bird gets the worm at Mt Coot-tha

Jeff Horn wastes no time beating the sun to exercise in the crisp Mt Coot-tha air. Push-ups and skipping rope on the green keep him fighting fit before fronting for the cameras. The sun rises behind the city, and in winter there's a good chance of catching a cool foggy morning like this. Discover 10 other things to do on Mt Coot-tha.

Climb the Kangaroo Point stairs for a cardio kickstart

Manny Pacquiao opted for a less intense morning, choosing to challenge himself instead on the notorious Kangaroo Point steps. Fitness buffs will know this pain well – chase the calorie burn up a flight of 107 stairs. Why do it? Well, the views from the top of the cliffs looking over the Brisbane River and CBD make it all worthwhile.

Soak in the sunshine along the water

If "The Hornet" knows anything about Brisbane – and he should, the former school teacher lives in the city – he would know that we experience almost 300 days of sunshine every year. It's almost always a good day to be outdoors, so warm down like Horn did on the Riverwalk. This on-river pathway connects New Farm and the City, with a few prime spots to pose in front of the Story Bridge and CBD for a photo. Once in the city, explore the City's best eats and drinks.

Meanwhile Manny showed his soft spot for Australian wildlife

Pacquiao swung into Brisbane's famous Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – the first and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Who could resist the chance to cuddle up with koalas, kangaroos and other Australian icons? We heard word that the Filipino champion joked about having a shot at boxing a kangaroo.

The Hornet escaped the bright lights to relax on Brisbane's Moreton Island

Jeff Horn on Moreton Island

When the pressure gets too much, you just have to escape the big city. Horn spent the better part of his big day out exploring Moreton Island. The world's third-largest sand island is 95 per cent national park, with heaps of adrenaline-inducing activities to explore. Most popular is sand boarding on the giant dunes in "The Desert". Horn also went kayaking around the Tangalooma Wrecks and watched the sun set over the bay. Discover 35 things to do on Moreton Island.

Ding ding! Pacquiao made time for his fans

The champion boxer weighed in at the iconic B-R-I-S-B-A-N-E sign in South Bank before climbing into the ring to answer questions. Right at home between the ropes, the legend mingled with fans in what can only be described as a knockout appearance.

Horn wins over fans of the marine kind

Jeff Horn on Moreton Island

Before departing on the late ferry back from Moreton Island, Horn took the chance to get up close and personal with the neighbours. Every evening at dusk a family of wild dolphins visit Tangalooma Island Resort and guests can hand feed a fish to the friendly creatures. Rest assured, the dolphins receive only 10 per cent of their daily meal intake here so they aren't reliant on the resort.

Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao clash in the Battle of Brisbane, Australia's biggest ever boxing match, on 2 July at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets are still available through Ticketek

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