BRISBANE, Australia – The hunger factor could be one thing going Jeff Horn’s way as he vies for his first ever world title on Sunday.
Young and eager to prove his worth, Horn could be the hungrier fighter than Manny Pacquiao when the two square off for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship at the Suncorp Stadium here.
Jeff Fenech, considered as perhaps the greatest Australian boxer of all-time, said he no longer sees any hunger in the eyes of the Filipino champion, a thing that could work for Horn in pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of prizefighting.
“Manny is not hungry anymore. You don’t be hungry when you got $300 million. You can’t be hungry. You lose your hunger,” said Fenech, now 53, who was present during the final presser for the 12-round bout – the biggest to be held Down Under since Fenech lost via an eighth round knockout to Azumah Nelson at Melbourne in 1992.
“Of course, he’s too sharp. He can punch. But the hunger? Probably Jeff Horn is gonna be hungrier. I’m hoping we have an upset.”
For that to happen however, the Sydney-born Fenech, who won world titles in three-weight divisions, said Horn has to take the fight against the champion.
“Make it a fight. If you wanna win, you have to do this,” he said.”Make Manny throw more punches than he’s ever thrown in his last fight.”
“You’ve got to change it around.”
Despite rooting for a Horn win, Fenech, who retired with a record of 29-3-1 with 21 KO and currently works as a trainer, still and will always have respect for the 38-year-old Filipino, who he said is the next greatest thing to have happened (in boxing) since Muhammad Ali.
“I love Manny. He’s a humanitarian, he’s a great man,” he said of the Filipino boxing great.