The formerly undefeated Jorge Solis fought Manny Pacquiao ten years ago. Jorge was about 3 inches taller and was advertise as a tough hombre from Mexico, who can matchup Manny’s speed and power. But right from the opening round it was clear as sky that Manny was just toying up Jorge, making the fight long and seemingly competitive especially when Manny was fighting right on his home turf. With Celebrities and people from all walks of life spending big money to watch him fight in person. Until Pacquiao had enough and ended the fight in the eight round with a barrage of power punches.
Now Manny is facing another Jorge Solis 2.0 in Jeff Horn this July. Horn like Solis would be Manny’s second opponent who had not previously won a world title. Aside from having an almost identical height, Jeff and Jorge also are both mystery guys to fight fans. Top rank’s top honcho, Bob Arum vetoed Amir Khan-Pacquiao fight in favor of a Horn-Pacquiao in Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. For a win-win situation. If Manny wins this fight, Arum could stage a grand fight finale against Terrence Crawford that will make boxing fans salivate. And if Jeff Horn wins, Arum just found another boxing sensation who at 29 years old, has 6-7 years left in his tank.
But the main question is, what can Jeff Horn bring to the table?
On his last fight against a 39-year-old Ali Funeka, Jeff is slow to his feet and while approaching Funeka he lowered his guard down. Ali flushed Horn with an uppercut that prompted the referee a standing eight count. Jeff gathered himself and scored a TKO in the sixth round against an aging veteran. But Manny is no Funeka, even when Pacquiao is turning 39 years old this December, his speed and power has always been there throughout his career. Jeff could make this a brawl and disrupt any momentum Manny has. By trying to rough it up and holding Manny as much as he can, and take shots in close distance. But it’s always easier said than done.
As quoted Jeff Horn said, “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,”
Somehow, we all heard those things ten years ago, and it all ended with Manny raising his hands to victory.
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