On July 2nd, Jeff Horn will step into the ring for the biggest fight of his fledgling professional career against Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Australian school teacher would be overawed, but you’d be wrong. It is a dream come true for the 29-year-old: “I've trained the hardest that I've ever had for this fight. I've finished all the hard work, and I'm just ready to show that in the ring,” the 5 foot 9 Welterweight told ABS-CSN.
Horn is the underdog and doesn’t have the experience Pacquiao does, but the Brisbane based fighter isn’t concerned by the odds. “I'm bigger than Manny in there, I'll probably have a few kilos on him, I'm nine years younger than him, so in the later rounds, that might show."
"That Marquez knockout has been our main point, to land the same punch that Marquez did in the fight – the big overhand right – that's definitely what we're looking for.” A knockout win for the 16-0 man would certainly grab the headlines as Horn looks to represent Australian boxing.
“If I can win it, then I change Australian boxing, big time!” The ‘Hornet’ is also excited to fight in front of a record breaking crowd.
“There is not much of a difference in the crowd size, is there? From 1,500 to 55,000. It is a massive jump, but I think, the more pressure for me on a fight, the better I perform."
Watch Jeff Horn take on Manny Pacquiao for the WBO World Welterweight Title on July 1st, live on BoxNation.