Funeka tips Pac­man to win

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South Africa’s Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka has stuck his neck out by pre­dict­ing a knock­out win for Manny “Pac­man” Pac­quiao when he de­fends his World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) wel­ter­weight crown against Jeff “The Hor­net” Horn.

The fight takes place at the Sun­corp Sta­dium in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, next Sun­day.

While many peo­ple are usu­ally hes­i­tant to pre­dict the re­sult of a bout be­cause fights of this na­ture are usu­ally marked by up­sets, Funeka be­lieves Aus­tralian Horn will be knocked out early by the Filipino.

Per­haps Funeka knows what he is talk­ing about, hav­ing fought Horn and lost by a sixth-round stoppage for the WBO in­tercon­ti­nen­tal crown at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, in De­cem­ber.

“Horn is a nat­u­ral right-han­der and he will not stand any chance against a south­paw like Pac­quiao, who will be out to end the fight quite quickly,” said Funeka.

Rush Hour said the Aus­tralian may have been good against him dur­ing their last bout, but stressed Pac­man's big left hook would do the trick.

“The Filipino is much shorter and very fast. I be­lieve he will use his sleek move­ment in­side the ring to con­fuse Horn, who I see hit­ting the deck in ear­lier rounds.”

But Funeka said a home crowd ad­van­tage would prob­a­bly work in the chal­lenger’s favour.

“From what I no­ticed in our last meet­ing, Horn tends to get worked up by the crowd to be on the at­tack. He did that dur­ing our fight when he over­pow­ered me. But I don’t see Manny being in­tim­i­dated by the crowd.”

Pac­man, who will be mak­ing his 67th pro­fes­sional ring ap­pear­ance, will be fac­ing a novice of 16 wins and a sin­gle draw from 17 matches as a pro.

The cham­pion has been guar­an­teed $10 mil­lion (R129 mil­lion) in purse money – more than 20 times what Horn will earn.

But Horn, who is also known as Bris­bane’s Fight­ing School­teacher, is 7kg heav­ier than Pac­man. He needs to shed ex­tra weight this week to make the re­quired wel­ter­weight limit (66.7kg) on the day of the fight.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

PRE­DIC­TOR Ali Funeka says Manny Pac­quiao will knock out for­mer con­querer

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