Jeff Horn on Pacquiao’s aura of greatness: ‘I try not think about it’


Manny Pacquiao has beaten some of the biggest names in boxing, a fact that occasionally gets in Jeff Horn’s head, the Australian boxer acknowledges. Courtesy of Wendell Alinea, OSMP

World welterweight title challenger Jeff Horn acknowledged he gets intimidated looking at the long list of star-studded opponents that Manny Pacquiao has beaten.

As he reviews Pacquiao’s fights against Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya, Horn said his opponent’s daunting stature is starting to sink in.

“He’s fighting superstars and beating them. That’s why he’s got the name he has and is known all around the world,” Horn told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I try not to think about it or worry. (But) as soon as I really start to deeply think about it, that’s when the nerves start. I have to practice that, come the fight, when I walk out and there’s 55,000 people and Manny is across the ring.”

Horn will challenge Pacquiao for the welterweight title at Suncorp Stadium in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane.

At 5-foot-9, Horn is taller than Pacquiao, who stands 5-foot-6 1/2, which means he will come in heavier on fight night.

“I could be a few kilograms heavier when we fight. That’s an advantage. From Rounds 1 to 6, not so much. In the later rounds, the weight of leaning on each other and the shots accumulate, that’s when you start to realize the advantage,” he said. “You know when a guy is a bit heavier. You just feel that weight.

“He’s very confident and he thinks he can stop me by Round 6. I think it’s going to be a 12-round decision, or I’m going to get him earlier.”

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