AUSTRALIA – Undefeated Australian contender Jeff Horn will carry a Juan Manuel Marquez mindset in preparing for the biggest fight of his career against Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
The Brisbane former schoolteacher has been playing and playing a YouTube video of the epic Marquez knockout of Pacquiao in 2012.
That Marquez knockout punch came so fast “it flashes in the blink of an eye, so fast you can barely see it, but for Brisbane’s fighting schoolteacher Jeff Horn, it opens a window to a whole new world”, the NZ Herald reported on Tuesday.
The report said Horn has been scrutinizing meticulously the YouTube footage every day, while pounding the treadmill on his run towards his world welterweight title fight with the 38-year old Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium on July 2.
The Herald said “the window of opportunity burns into Horn’s brain.”
In that fight with Marquez, Pacquiao had the Mexican wobbling to his knees after a barrage of vicious punches in the sixth round of the 2012 grudge fight at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas. After the final 10-second warning was banged near the end of the round, the Mexican counterpunching artist tagged Pacquiao with a sleeper of a punch to the jaw.
That instance when Pacquiao fell head first to the canvas and staying still for seconds became a gripping moment for legions of boxing fans—Pacquiao loyalists or not.
The report gave this full account of that unforgettable moment:
“The Mexican who has been on the canvas and his nose busted, Pacquiao smells blood, as his army of supporters urged him to go on.
The Filipino terrier sways slightly from side to side, as he always does, before launching the missiles from both hands.
He nails Marquez with a booming southpaw straight left and sensing a finish, storms forward, hands down. He stabs at the Mexican with a right jab and as he prepares to launch a big, booming left follow-up, Marquez is a fraction quicker on the draw.
The Mexican’s right to the chin sends Pacquiao’s head bouncing back and he falls, unconscious, face first to the canvas.
He stays there for the next few minutes, as his wife and handlers wail over him.
It was the most stunning defeat of Pacquiao’s career and one Horn believes he can replicate in what shapes as the biggest fight ever in Australia.”
It’s exactly this scene in the YouTube video that Horn is playing on and on like crazy. He wants that moment replicated. He wants to clone that Marquez counterpunch if he could. And at the back of his mind, unless Pacquiao changes his boxing habits, that careless moment could come again.