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Pacquiao favorite against Jeff Horn

Pacquiao favorite against Jeff Horn

Stranger vs. Living Boxing Legend, Teacher vs. Senator: Inexperienced Australian Jeff Horn challenges Filipino star Manny Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title in front of 50,000 people Sunday at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
At 38 years old, ‘Pac-man’, the great national star of Philippine sports, wants to show that he is still one of the best boxers in action, even after a short retirement last year.
“In all my years of boxing, I was never as motivated and eager as I am now about this fight,” he said.
In his record, Pacquiao has 59 victories (38 of them by KO) and six losses in 67 fights. He is without a doubt the huge favorite for Sunday’s fight.
In front of him he will have a 29-year-old aspirant with the appearance of an ideal son-in-law, a former professor of Physical Education, who has a record of 16 victories and one null, in a relatively discreet trajectory so far.
Pacquiao, yes, does not want to underestimate Jeff Horn, at least publicly. He even highlights from him that he is “undefeated”, is “young”, “solid” and “aggressive”, but the environment of the Filipino does not hide that he thinks about the KO, even if Manny has not finished a fight before the limit since his victory. about the Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in 2009.
“People say that Manny has not had a KO in years, but it was against top opponents, with professional experience, against world champions or former world champions,” highlights his physical trainer, Justin Fortune.
– Horn and his ten-step plan –

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This boy (Horn) has no such experience at all. He has never fought in front of 50,000 people. Nerves play an essential role in a fight (…) Manny has done it, he’s used to it, that doesn’t matter to him. Jeff hasn’t done it, ”he stresses.
Horn’s environment does not give up beforehand and warns Pacquiao that he will have “his most difficult fight”, in the words of coach Glenn Rushton: “We have trained harder than ever for this fight, we are prepared for war ».
In a style reminiscent of his time as a teacher, Jeff Horn says he has “a ten-step plan” to defeat the Filipino.
Pacquiao returned to the rings in November, after seven months away from them. He then defeated American Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision of the judges, thus regaining the WBO welterweight title, which he now hopes to retain.
For his coach, Freddie Roach, this fight in Brisbane is one more stage before a long-awaited rematch against American Floyd Mayweather, who beat him on points in a disappointing “fight of the century” in 2015. AFP

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