Is Jeff Horn a worthy opponent for Manny Pacquiao? | The Tylt
Boxing legend Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is set to fight Australian boxer Jeff Horn on April 23. The Brisbane schoolteacher turned boxer might be an underdog in this fight, but Horn ranks #2 as a WBO welterweight. Horn could garner more international attention with an upset, but critics argue Pacman will easily beat the "fighting schoolteacher." Who do you think will win? 💪🏽💪🏻
Is Jeff Horn a worthy opponent for Manny Pacquiao?
Some critics don't think Horn is in the same league as Pacman. But Horn's fans believe in the welterweight. So, is this an easy win for Pacman on his retirement tour?
According to the Geelong Advertiser, the undefeated Horn thinks he can beat Pacquiao. And Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech agrees. Fenech argues Pacman has been beat by an Australian boxer before; if Horn crowds Pacman and cuts off his space to put in his work, then Horn can win!
And let's not forget, who doesn't love to root for an underdog with an inspiring story? Horn is a former schoolteacher and now a rising welterweight who became a boxer to protect himself from bullies. If Horn beats the welterweight champion and legend Pacman then he would be propelled into international superstardom as a boxer.
But again—Pacquiao is a welterweight champion and a legend. This is his first fight in his retirement tour. And critics think this is too easy of a challenge for him. Some fans want Pacman to fight a more worthy opponent, like Terence Crawford. At least Crawford would give the champion a real fight.
The Roar writer Justin Faux wrote:
The unbeaten 29-year-old is an incredibly dangerous opponent for Pacquiao and would jeopardise the plans for a second multi-multi-million dollar bout against Mayweather.
....Instead of biting on the high risk, low reward fight, Pacquiao is taking on Horn – a fighter with even less of a profile internationally than Crawford.
Veteran referee Bruce McTavish agrees! He says Pacman is too strong for Horn. He told the Manila Times in a phone interview:
I was one of the judges when I saw Jeff Horn won by knockout against an African opponent during an IBF (International Boxing Federation) event last December. To tell you the truth, Horn is a very nice kid, former schoolteacher, clean cut, a good boxer, but he has no real talent. He may have won by a knockout against the other guy and did it pretty well, but I think he’s too young and raw for Manny.