Aussie eyes have been focused on Jeff Horn, as his monumental fight against Manny Pacquiao is less than a week in the future, and the Philippine legislator seems to hope that the fight does indeed turn into a toe-to-toe brawl.
The welterweight title fight at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on July 2 is being billed as the biggest fight ever held on Australian soil, but Pacquiao appears confident that he can engage in a slugfest with the much younger Horn and come out with a victory.
“I love to brawl,’’ he said of next Sunday’s WBO fight. “It’s going to be a war. I’m expecting him to come inside close to me, fighting toe-to-toe and I’m ready for that. I love to fight aggressive fighters. I plan to win and a knockout is a bonus.”
Apparently, U.S. White House is not the only home to news-leakers, as Horn’s plan of attack was published in the Courier Mail.
Horn is taking his counsel from Jeff Fenech. The three-time world champ told Horn to, “Bash the bloke in close, do everything to hurt him in close. Twist him, twist his knees, use your weight advantage, bully him — bang your shoulder into him.”
In words that confirm why Pacquiao was able to win the support of voters in his home country, he said that he considers Horn to be a tough opponent, one he does not plan to underestimate.
Getting into a brawl with Pacquiao has been tried previously. Sevneteen years ago, Fenech tried the same tactics when he trained Nedal Hussien to fight Pacquiao.
Hussien did manage to knock Pacquiao down, but the fight went to Pacquiao after he got up and proceeded to pepper Hussein to the extent that the fight was stopped in the latter rounds.
Pacquiao considers the bulk of his training done and will spend the remaining days ahead of the fight doing light workouts at the Lang Park PCYC.