BEWARE MANNY, SAYS BRADLEY
TIMOTHY Bradley Jr beat Manny Pacquiao in 2012 but has warned Jeff Horn not to be “naive’’ when he enters the ring against the Filipino great at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow.
Bradley and Horn’s coach Glenn Rushton were in deep discussion yesterday over battle plans for the fight.
“My advice is for Jeff Horn is to be cautious,’’ said Bradley, who will call the fight on the American TV network ESPN.
“Manny Pacquiao is still overwhelmingly fast. He’s 38 and not the fighter he once was but he’s still a phenomenal fighter. He’s a legend for a reason. Don’t underestimate his speed and power because he is still lightning fast and his footwork is incredible.
“Jeff Horn must not be naive or feel invincible. If you try to rush Manny he will set you up and hit you with that big left hand. He still has the speed, reflexes, power and experience. But Jeff should be confident because he’s a strong kid with the power to do something great.’’
Pacquiao has had 67 pro fights and been a world champ for nearly 20 years. Horn has had just 17 fights and Bradley says it’s a crucial stat.
“Beating Manny Pacquiao is going to be a tough job for a guy with only that level of experience,’’ he said.
“Pacquiao is still good enough to beat “A- grade’’ fighters even on a bad day.
“I know Jeff is going to bring an Agrade game and he’ll do everything to score the upset.’’
Bradley beat Pacquiao by a controversial decision in 2012 in a WBO welterweight title fight but lost two rematches on points.
Rushton and Horn have a 10- point plan to beat Pacquiao that is typed on a single sheet of foolscap. One of the key elements is to keep circling away from Pacquiao’s big left hand.