Pacquiao-Horn: Jeff’s trainer expects Manny to struggle

By Daily Sports on June 14, 2017

 Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) will be fighting less than a month from now against little known fighter Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) on July 2 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

Pacquiao, 38, is supposed to win the fight, but there’s no telling whether he will or not. Pacquiao didn’t look impressive in his last fight against Top Rank fighter Jessie Vargas last November.

Pacquiao won the fight by a 12 round unanimous decision, but it was a lot closer than 2 of the judges’ scores. But important than the scoring for the fight was how much Pacquiao’s game had deteriorated from the fighter we’d seen just 3 years ago against Chris Algieri in 2014.

Losing to Jeff Horn will probably be the biggest indication that Pacquiao should hang up his gloves and walk away from the sport. That’s why it’s a stupid idea for Pacquiao to fight Horn. Losing to Horn means it’s pretty much over for Pacquiao, because the fans would jump ship for sure. But if Pacquiao were to lose to a good fighter like Errol Spence or Keith Thurman, there would be less fallout, because those guys have talent and are well-known in the boxing world.

 If Pacquiao loses to Horn, then it’s probably all over for the Filipino star. Losing to a guy with limited boxing skills and talent like Jeff Horn would be a signal that Pacquiao needs to hang up his gloves and focus on politics. Maybe we’d see Pacquiao’s 85-year-old promoter Bob Arum hurriedly throw him in with Top Rank fighters Terence
Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko in back to back fights so that he could be a stepping stone for those guys to gain more of a following in the boxing world.
Horn, 29, is ranked No.2 by the World Boxing Organization. That’s probably a ranking that the Australian Horn doesn’t deserve based on the low quality of his opposition since he turned pro in 2012. Horn has fought poor opposition, and he’s looked bad in his recent fights against Randall Bailey and Ali Funeka. But, Horn may not need to be a highly talented fighter to beat Pacquiao, because he’s looking like a shell of his former self now. Horn is an underdog in this fight, but he could still win due to the aging and wear and tear that has gone on with Pacquiao’s game.

*Photo shows Pacquiao.

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 14, 2017


 

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