AUSTRALIA – Undefeated Australian boxer Jeff Horn will carry a Juan Manuel Marquez mindset to the biggest fight of his career against Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
The former schoolteacher from Brisbane has spent hours playing and replaying a YouTube video of that famous Marquez knockout of Pacquiao during their fourth fight back in 2012.
That Marquez knockout punch came so fast “it flashes in the blink of an eye, so fast you can barely see it, but for Brisbane's fighting schoolteacher Jeff Horn, it opens a window to a whole new world," the NZ Herald reported.
The report said Horn has been scrutinizing meticulously the YouTube footage every day, while pounding the treadmill ahead of his world welterweight title fight against the 38-year old Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium on July 2.
The Herald said “the window of opportunity burns into Horn's brain.”
In that fight with Marquez, Pacquiao had wobbled the Mexican after a barrage of vicious punches in the sixth round of the 2012 grudge fight at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
After the final 10-second warning was banged near the end of the round, the Mexican counterpunching artist tagged Pacquiao with a sleeper of a punch to the jaw.
That instance when Pacquiao fell head first to the canvas and stayed still for seconds became a gripping moment for legions of boxing fans — Pacquiao loyalists or not.
That biggest blot in Pacquiao's career is one which Horn believes he can replicate in a duel billed as the biggest fight ever to be staged Down Under.
It’s exactly this particular portion in the YouTube video that Horn is playing on and on like crazy.
He wants that moment replicated. And at the back of his mind, unless Pacquiao changes his boxing habits, that careless moment could give him his own opening.