MANNY PACQUIAO is due to make an appearance at the AIBA World championships in Doha. Pacquiao, one of boxing’s greatest stars, will watch the Thursday afternoon session.

“This is the benchmark for future World Championships and I am pleased that Manny Pacquiao accepted my invitation to come and share his thoughts and ideas first hand,” said AIBA president Ching Kuo Wu.

“We are very happy with the decision to choose Doha to host the 18th edition of our competition. This is a top class venue with top class athletes, and it will make for a fantastic championship.”

In the first session of boxing at the World championships, Great Britain’s light-welterweight Pat McCormack has won his first bout, against Moldovan Dmitri Galagot.

American heavyweight Joshua Temple floored Pakistan’s Mehmood Hussan twice before the contest was stopped at the end of the first round. “”I dropped him with a left hook and then jumped right back on him,” Temple said. “I felt really comfortable in there. I listened to my coaches, stayed loose on my feet and then dropped the bomb.”

USA middleweight Anthony Campbell got a good split decision win over Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro.