Horn urged to win stone cold

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ALL- TIME box­ing great Roberto Du­ran says he would have beaten Manny Pac­quiao if they had fought in their primes and that Jeff Horn can do the job to­mor­row at Sun­corp Sta­dium in Aus­tralia’s big­gest ever fight.

The fighter known as “The Hands of Stone’’ was sup­ported by Amer­i­can Tim Bradley, who beat Pac­quiao in 2012.

Bradley said Horn had the abil­ity to do “some­thing great’’ to­mor­row but that he would have to knock Pac­quiao cold to do it. “If Jeff is go­ing to win it has to be by knock­out,’’ Bradley said.

“He re­ally has to hurt Manny to slow him up. That’s the only way.

“Even at 38 Manny is still light­ning fast. It’s go­ing to be so tough for Jeff to win by a de­ci­sion against a guy who is so busy and has such speed and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“But good luck to Jeff. He has a real shot.’’

When asked if he thought Horn had a chance, Du­ran, 66, the leg­endary Pana­ma­nian replied: “Yes. Why not? Why can’t he win?

“I saw Horn on TV. He is bigger than Pac­quiao and strong. I hope it is a great fight for the public and for the world.

“I was a bet­ter fighter than Pac­quiao. More wis­dom and ex­pe­ri­ence. Box­ing wise I was more in­tel­li­gent than him. He only has one style of fight­ing.’’

Horn, 29, is plan­ning to use his 7kg weight ad­van­tage in the fight to full ef­fect, bustling and hus­tling Pac­quiao at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, push­ing against him and us­ing his phys­i­cal strength to wear the older man down.

“My plan is all about tim­ing him and bring­ing him on to punches,’’ Horn said.

“He’s the smaller man but he’s the big­gest moun­tain I’ve had to climb and I’m ready.

“I have an awk­ward style and I plan to give him a lot of prob­lems with the punches com­ing at him from all an­gles. In a hard, phys­i­cal fight it’s go­ing to be tough for Pac­quiao to push a lot more weight than I have to push. He’ll be lighter than me and that means he’ll have to work much harder.’’

Horn’s trainer Glenn Rush­ton said: “When you go deep into the late rounds, the strength and the vigour of the younger man has to come to the fore.

“We have a sim­ple plan. We in­tend to get in front, we in­tend to stay in front and we in­tend to win. This will be a war and a good big man will al­ways beat a good smaller man.

“I know the huge crowd will lift Jeff to dizzy­ing heights.’’

Rush­ton said while Du­ran was “The Hands of Stone” … “you will see that Jeff Horn has a jaw of stone. He is so tough and un­stop­pable.’’

Jeff Fenech has urged Horn to “bash’’ Pac­quiao in close and use as many rough tac­tics as pos­si­ble. At a “Leg­ends Lunch’’ at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Fenech said: “I think we’re go­ing to have an a new Aus­tralian world cham­pion.”

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