Reasons why Manny Pacquiao would benefit to fight Australian Jeff Horn.
Eight-division world champion and future hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao is set to trade punches with undefeated Australian Jeff Horn on July 2 in Queensland Australia. The upcoming bout has raised eyebrows as it reached news columns. But this fight is something the Filipino fighter would benefit from at this stage of his career.
He needs a new lease on life
Pacquiao is no doubt an exciting fighter to watch. He has set a benchmark for the sport by winning world titles in eight different divisions, a feat that only once-in-a-generation fighters like him can achieve.
The world has witnessed his glory days while defeating a bunch of great fighters one weight division to another and has become the face of boxing for a long time. Now that he is past his peak, it's time for Pacquiao to look for a new environment as he had most of his fights held on the US soil, where there is most money.
A fight in Australia is to make him feel young again by psychologically giving him rejuvenation. His debut in Australia should take away his sense of familiarity.
Pacquiao needs a less dangerous opponent
He is already a tested fighter who has nothing left to prove. He made great fighters look bad like Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Ricky Hatton, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and others.
A showdown with current WBO and WBC light welterweight champion Terence Crawford may produce more revenue, but might be too risky for him at this point if he wants to close out his career on a high note.
Pacquiao was supposed to fight Amir Khan, a less dangerous foe compared to Crawford, but his familiarity with Pacquiao should pose problems as he worked as a sparring partner for the Filipino. A victory against any of the two fighters would not add colours to his illustrious career.
Jeff Horn (16-0-1), on the other hand, is still untested and lacks exposure to formidable fighters. He holds a 3-inch height advantage with his 5-foot-9 frame, a scouting report that Pacquiao will surely use to his advantage. Pacquiao showed his craftsmanship against extremely bigger fighters Oscar De La Hoya and Antonio Margarito.
Time to reach out to the fans in the continent
Top Rank big boss Bob Arum dubbed Pacquiao's 2017 campaign as his farewell tour. It would be a good idea to show his wares to his fans on the other side of the globe before hanging up his gloves.