CAN THE HORNET STING AGAIN?
By Joseph Barclay on Aug 9 2017
Having recently watched Jeff Horn walk the red carpet at the ESPY’s in Los Angeles, it’s
amazing to think that just over a month ago he was a relative unknown to the majority of the World and even most Boxing circles outside of Australia.
Despite the controversy surrounding his historic upset victory over Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, (a decision later backed up by a WBO review panel) Horn currently stands as the WBO Welterweight champion of the World. He’s also managed to gain a bevy of new domestic and international fans since that historic day.
With news circulating that Pacquiao is interested in a rematch, it’s a great opportunity for
Horn to put any doubts over the validity of his title win to rest and he seems more than happy to do so.
In an attempt to improve his chances in a second fight with Horn, Pacquiao is reportedly
looking to postpone some of his Senatorial duties in the Philippines to ensure a more
intense, focussed training camp this time around. This could pose a major problem for Horn,
as a far better-prepared Pacquiao is a scary prospect for any fighter, even at 38 years of age.
However, if the Filipino doesn’t learn from his mistakes and continues to underestimate his
opponent; Horn’s rough style, peak conditioning and admirable toughness could once again
prove the difference.
Ultimately, if a rematch was finalised for later this year, Horn would be looking to continue
his rise to prominence in the Welterweight division as well as silence the large segments of
the U.S media that labelled his unanimous decision triumph a gift. For Manny Pacquiao, it’s
a chance at redemption in a storied career which, much to the dismay of fans the world
over, appears close to its end.