WHILE full workout for Manny Pacquiao usually starts eight weeks before fights, Jeff Horn has embarked on an intense 12-week program for the July 2 World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout in Brisbane.
Although Horn’s camp has raved about his advantages of youth and strength, they are leaving no stone unturned in preparing for the bout at the 55,000-seat Suncorp Arena in what is billed as the biggest boxing fight in Australia.
Pacquiao has started light workouts with his local team but full-on preparations begin when Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach arrives in the country. The fighting senator’s camp said earlier training begins in early May.
Horn, on the other hand, had been constantly training since his handlers started negotiating in January for the fight at 147-lbs.
“Jeff fights with what we call a ‘Broken Rhythm Pressure’ style. He’s always coming at you but you don’t know what he’s going to throw next,” trainer Glenn Rushton told The Courier Mail.
“He could hit you with a right hand lead. He could turn southpaw before you know it and come at you from a whole different angle.”
“Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have a reverse gear and Jeff is a very aggressive guy with a great chin and power in both hands,” the trainer said pointing to one of Pacquiao’s weaknesses.
“This is a variation of the Rocky story. A kid no one knows getting a chance at a legendary world champion and I’m tipping it’s going to be a Rocky-like performance.
“You’ve got two fighters who are both hunters,’’ said Rushton, who trains a team of champions at his $10 million Stretton mansion.
“It could be one of the most exciting fights for years and hopefully the fans will see plenty of fierce action before Jeff nails Manny in the later rounds.”
“That’s our dream anyway and so far all of our dreams about this fight have come true,’’ Rushton predicted.
Horn is still hoping to spar with Ukraine’s Olympic great and current world 59-kg champion Vasyl Lomachenko in the next few weeks.
“Pacquiao is one of my favorite fighters and his action style and my aggressive style is going to make for a very exciting fight,” said Horn.
“I’m going after him from the opening bell and the more punches he throws at me the more openings I’ll have to hit him with my counterpunches. Every time Manny throws a punch at me his guard comes down, he said.
“He’s one of the best boxers of all time but he has been knocked out and he’s sometimes wide open
“I’m hoping he looks at the odds and gets a little careless because I’m ready to take his world title.’’