BRISBANE, Australia – As expected, Jeff Horn and his corner are using Juan Manuel Marquez as the perfect blueprint in the hope of scoring a major upset against the highly-favored Manny Pacquiao.
The Australian native bared studying Pacquiao’s 2012 loss to Marquez while in training camp preparing against the Filipino champion in his first ever shot at a world title.
The 38-year-old Pacquiao suffered the worst loss of his career during that brawl against Marquez, whose timely counter right smacked straight on Pacquiao’s chin sent the boxing legend face first on the canvas before a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The end came in the final seconds of the sixth round in the fourth installment of one of boxing’s fiercest rivalries ever.
Horn, who represented Australia in the 2012 London Games, said that has been a major part of his camp’s preparation as he guns for the Pacman’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt on Sunday before his proud countrymen numbering about 55,000 at the Suncorp Stadium.
“The Marquez knockout is probably our main point. Marquez fought Pacquiao brilliantly, and the best whoever fought Pacquiao,” said the 29-year-old challenger on Monday during an open workout for the media at the Stretton Boxing Club.
“He’s someone that we have looked up a lot.”
The unbeaten Australian (16-0-1, 11 KOs) was straight in saying he’s definitely looking to land that same perfect counter right Marquez did against Pacquiao five years ago.
“That Marquez (punch) is certainly what we’re looking for,” said.
Trainer Glenn Rushton, who accompanied Horn during the workout that saw the Australian do the mitts, skip ropes, shadow boxed, and abdominal exercises, observed the reigning champion was never the same fighter again following that loss to the Mexican warrior.
“Since the Marquez knockout, he became more measured, he’s been more mindful,” Rushton pointed out. “He knows he’s human.”
“When you suffer a knockout of that significance something changes in the chemistry of your brain,” he added. “You know that can happen (again).”
Incidentally, Marquez, 43, is coming over for the fight to do the broadcast coverage for ESPN Deportes.