Jeff “The Hornet” Horn faces Manny “Pac-Man” Pacqiuao on ESPN (in the USA) at 9:00 p.m. ET Jul 1st, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. Horn, 16-0-1 (11 KO), with a height of 5’9″ and a 68″ reach is less than 3 days away from testing a legend in the boxing ring. The result could launch his boxing career into overdrive much like Timothy Bradley’s benefited from fighting Manny.
The Hornet fights on his toes always springing forward flinging that left jab out wherever he can score. He’s got the speed to get inside with a lead jab, but can also get away just as quickly before a counter can be thrown. He relies on his outstanding conditioning and angles to really put his fighters at a standstill.
Against Rico Mueller, it was clear from the end of the first round that Horn was the better boxer with more speed and power than the German boxer. Horn would fade, open with a jab and finish with a hook or uppercut while Mueller stood stationary in a box and took it.
By the end of the 3rd round Horn is toying with Mueller, his hands are low, he’s performing juke moves reminiscent of LaDanian Tomlinson and leading with whatever hand he wishes from whatever position. Mueller is far too slow and tight to compete with Horn as he begins to fade away.
The fight ends at the end of the 9th when Horn lands a left hook to the ribs of Mueller, folding him over like an accordion. The fight was truly over after the first few rounds and everything in the middle was more of a sparring bout than anything. Mueller is roughly the same height, weight and reach of Horn, however Ali Funeka is a 6’1″ boxer with 261 rounds under his belt and even he didn’t change the Hornet’s strategy or style.
Horn faced Ali back in December of 2016, giving up 4 inches in height and 3 in reach, and stopped the Dhalism-esque lookalike in 6 with a left hook to the jaw. Ali couldn’t change Horn’s strategy due to his lack in power, he was on an island when Horn was inside and looked lost and rarely threw combinations from a distance.
All this being said, Horn is going to be schooled come the weekend. Horn hasn’t faced anyone even close to the level of a Manny. Manny is a southpaw fighter and Horn’s last southpaw fight was against Robson Assis in December of 2014; don’t bother trying to find footage of the fight, it doesn’t exist. Horn has great conditioning and is seemingly powerful for his weightclass, but Manny’s conditioning is illustrious and knows how to deal with power.
Watch Horn when he leaps forward with a jab, he drops his right hand leaving his chin wide open for a counter-left hook something that a veteran southpaw should be able to take advantage of. Horn is consistently seen with his hands down or jumping forward leaving the boxing mat with both feet at the same time (a no-no).
If you don’t have time to look at an entire match of Manny’s, check out the 2nd round of his bout with Vargas. Watch how Manny is relatively quiet most of the round, studying Vargas’ jab and feet. With approximately 30 seconds left in the round, Vargas throws a lead left jab and, lazy with his right hand, is knocked down by a Manny counter placed right on the chin of Vargas. Manny made this possible through his timing and experience. He’s not known for his power so he relies on his timing and angles to score points and possibly score knockdowns.
Horn will touch the canvass at least twice in this fight but won’t stay down. Manny by a mile in the cards.