The WBO Welterweight Champion, Manny Pacquiao will wear boxing gloves again on July 2, 2017 as he fights against young unbeaten Australian boxer, Jeff Horn. Currently, Horn holds the IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight Title and the WBO Inter-Continental Welterweight Title.
The two will square off in Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia on the first week of July.
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Horn who is known as “The Hornet”, recorded 17 fights with no loss; 16 of those are victories (11 by knockout, 5 by decision) while one was a draw.
In an interview with The Manila Times, the 76-year-old boxing referee, Bruce McTavish said that Horn is too young and raw for the Pinoy’s Pride. Horn has a record of 16-0-1 but he can’t match Pacquaio’s impressive mark of 59-6-1 with 38 knockouts.
On a personal note, I find this game a big mismatch for 2 main reasons.
Horn is a clear underdog
This game is a big mismatch due to a very distant fighting record. A sprouting boxer who notched up only 17 fights with 16 wins has nothing to do with a more experienced professional boxer who battled 67 fights with 59 victories.
Comparing both records, it is very obvious that Horn is no match at all, unless Pacquiao is unable to get into shape and condition. But, the probability will be less because we all know that Pac-man is a freakish fighter. He can easily get into condition even in just 6 weeks.
So, can ‘The Hornet’ sting ‘Pac-Man’? I doubt it.
Experience beats talent
I believe that experience contributes a lot in every success we achieve. And in this upcoming match, experience will be the best weapon.
I am not being biased here, but judging it based on how long they have been battling throughout the four corners of the ring, it is obvious that Pac-Man has really dominated.
Pacquiao started his career in the age of 14 when he moved to Manila and had an amateur record of 64 fights (60-4). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time as he is the first and only eight-division world champion who won eleven major world titles.
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Not only that, Pacquiao is also the third boxer in history to win three of the world’s original eight weight divisions known as the “glamour divisions” (flyweight, featherweight, and welterweight).
On the other hand, Horn only holds 2 titles and a professional fight debut last 2013. He defended his WBO Inter-Continental title against Ali Funeka last December 2016, where he won via technical knockout on the 6th round.
When a boxer gets picked to bout Pacquiao, it means he is a good fighter. Horn is unquestionably a good boxer, though he lacks the experience to be a threat to Pacquiao. He has good speed and power. But whatever weapons he has, he is still a Ford to Pacquiao’s Ferrari. And just like in a race, the driver’s only hope is that, the Ferrari will have some engine trouble along the way. This isn’t meant to dishonor Horn, but this is the reality.
Summing up, this will be the biggest break for Horn which will give his boxing career a great lift if he dropped Pacquaio. But it would not be easy.
If this will be a movie and a miracle will happen, a battered-and-worn out Horn will do a come from behind right uppercut and then finish the combination with a powerful left hook straight to the multi-weight champion’s jaw. Boom. Knocked out!
But this isn’t a movie. This is real life. And in real life, Horn is no match at all.
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