Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao
BRISBANE, Australia—Jeff Horn’s vision has come true. When the final bell rang, his arms were raised and the world welterweight title was on his waist.
While Manny Pacquiao saw no sign, nor dreamed of emerging the loser in their “Battle of Brisbane,” Horn bared during Wednesday’s press conference that he pictured himself at the top of the ring, victorious.
Very few believed the former school teacher then as he was the huge underdog in his WBO tussle against the legendary Pacquiao.
But Horn believed in himself, confident with his abilities and the preparations he and his trainers have taken in the course of a 10-month training camp.
“It feels amazing, Horn said during the post fight conference at a function room of Suncorp Stadium. “I felt just lucky throwing a lot of punches to uspet his rhythm.”
Well, that was part of the 10-point plan charted by Glenn Rushton, Horn’s millionaire trainer.
According to Horn, who showed up with his handsome face marked with welts, cuts and bruises, performing before over 50,000 people, propped him up.
And hearing them chanting his moniker, Hornet, gave him the strength to survive a near knockout in the ninth round and finish the bout still firing away.
“That’s just my heart,” said Horn. “It keeps me going a couple of more rounds. I still feel good and came back in the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds. “
Those homestretch rounds indeed turned out to be pivotal as the referees awarded it to him for the marginal points in a unanimous decision over Pacquiao, 117-111 once, and 115-113 twice.
Acknowledging that Pacquiao was indeed a great champion, Horn said he’s willing to give Pacquiao a rematch.
While he prefered his first title defense to be held in Brisbane, Horn said he’s open to the idea of
going over to the Philippines to give Pacquiao a chance to regain the the 147-pound crown.
Another goal for Horn is to unify the welterweight titles and said he doesn’t mind facing World Boxing titlist Keith Thurman or International Boxing Federation king Errol Spence, both Americans.
Horn, who reportedly earned $500,000 for his title crack against Pacquiao, who stands to get around $8 to 10 million, said he was also motivated by the desire to give his wife and his unborn child a better life.
Now that he’s a champion, Horn has widened his horizon.
Only 29, he can dream on without restrictions.
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