BE­WARE MANNY, SAYS BRADLEY

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - GRANTLEE KIEZA

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.

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