Pac­man’s team up­beat

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

BRISBANE. - Aus­tralian chal­lenger Jeff Horn has made a mas­sive blun­der by not train­ing against su­pe­rior spar­ring part­ners in the United States in prepa­ra­tion for Sun­day’s box­ing ti­tle fight, Manny Pac­quiao’s team says.

The leg­endary 38-year-old Filipino, one of the great­est fight­ers of his gen­er­a­tion, is widely tipped to over­come the un­beaten Horn in front of an ex­pected 50 000 peo­ple at Brisbane’s Sun­corp Sta­dium. Pac­quiao’s Aus­tralian strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Justin For­tune said yes­ter­day the “Fight­ing School­teacher” hasn’t done his home­work and will be out­classed by the master eightweight world cham­pion.

“Manny is one of the greats and Jeff Horn is in a dif­fer­ent league,” for­mer heavy­weight For­tune told re­porters.

“If Manny puts his mind to it he de­stroys any­body in the world. He’s busted up some of the greats. Jeff Horn is the guy to knock out and we’re in the hurt busi­ness.” For­tune, who once fought against Len­nox Lewis, said Horn should have spent eight weeks in Amer­ica against the best avail­able spar­ring part­ners.

“Then you might have given him a real shot if he’d been train­ing with A-grade guys all the time,” he said. “In­stead he’s been us­ing (Filipino) Czar Amon­sot as a spar­ring part­ner and he is nowhere near as fast as Manny. - AFP.

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