Horn has 10-step plan to beat Pacquiao

Australian boxer Jeff Horn, 29, has won 16 of his 17 bouts with one draw.
Australian boxer Jeff Horn, 29, has won 16 of his 17 bouts with one draw.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

BRISBANE • Australian challenger Jeff Horn has a 10-point plan to upset legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in their World Boxing Organisation welterweight title fight, according to his trainer.

Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is one of his generation's greats and the favourite to beat the unbeaten Horn at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium next Sunday.

But trainer Glenn Rushton said he has watched hours of the "Pac Man's" previous fights, and is confident of having the blueprint to cause a major upset.

"I have no doubt this is going to be a much better fight than we've seen against (Floyd) Mayweather, even (Jessie) Vargas and (Timothy) Bradley," Rushton said yesterday. "I think we've eliminated all of the problems that a lot of these fighters have had.

"I've got a 10-point plan and Jeff is the only person who has that 10-point plan. I said to him, follow the plan and we win the fight, simple as that."

Former schoolteacher Horn, 29, who has won 16 of his 17 bouts with one draw, said he had been going over Rushton's plans and knew them almost by heart.

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  • Australian Jeff Horn's wins record, with one draw.

"It's a plan I've heard him speak to me about 1,000 times. It's perfectly worded," he said. "Reading over it is just like listening to him talk to me in the ring. What he's written down is spot on, and I can get the job done if I follow it 100 per cent.

"He only sent it to me on the weekend, and just said to make sure I've got it clarified, what I need to do."

Pacquiao, who briefly retired last year before making a successful comeback against Vargas last November, said after arriving in Australia on Saturday that he was confident of winning before an expected crowd of 50,000.

"I have been fighting and training with brawler fighters, tough fighters," he said.

"I consider Horn a tough opponent. I never underestimate an opponent. He's undefeated and young. He has a big right hand. He has good amateur experience."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2017, with the headline 'Horn has 10-step plan to beat Pacquiao'. Print Edition | Subscribe