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article imageOp-Ed: Why proposed Pacquiao-Horn fight won't sell

By Leo Reyes     Jan 4, 2017 in Sports
Fight fans were rejoicing with the imminent Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford showdown this April when all of a sudden, Pacquiao's longtime promoter Bob Arum named relatively unknown Australian boxer Jeff Horn as Pacquiao's next possible opponent.
Arum's choice of Horn has surprised fight fans because the Australian challenger hasn't figured yet in a major world title fight. It would seem insulting for Arum to compel Pacquiao to accept Horn as his next foe given the fighting senator's credentials.
A peek at Horn's career record show that he turned pro less than three years ago in 2013. He has never fought outside Australia and many of his past opponents were relatively unknown with the exception of Ali Funeka, who was a former IBO welterweight champion.
The 28-year-old Horn is from Brisbane, Queensland. He stands 5"9" and is an orthodox fighter. He has a 68" reach and a 65 percent knockout rate.
Definitely, Horn isn't near the level of Floyd Mayweather, Timothy Bradley or even Jessie Vargas, who were Pacquiao's recent opponents. Arum's plan to tap Horn for Pacquiao's next fight could be a purely business decision on his part without regard for Pacquiao's future career path.
Arum cited the need for Pacquiao to fight outside the U.S. to give him a worldwide exposure that could boost his image as future leader of his country. But Pacquiao has fought many times outside the U.S. and he is known the world over than many heads of state.
“I think Manny Pacquiao is more than just a boxer because he is representing the Philippines. It’s good for him to fight in places around the world same way Muhammad Ali fought so many fights outside of the United States,” Arum said.
Horn is good boxer having won 15 of his 16 pro fights with a draw to remain unbeaten in his young career. But even inside Top Rank's stable of active welterweight fighters, there are aspiring challengers who can give Pacquiao a competitive fight.
Fight fans do not understand why Arum would even consider Horn as Pacquiao's next possible opponent, judging from the disparity in the credentials of both fighters. Pacquiao, a pro of 21 years has fought over four times more than the number of fights Horn did in his three year pro career.
Horn's only advantage over Pacquiao is his superior height at 5'9" and positively his 68" reach.
If Arum is successful in making the fight happen, it would be a mismatch and not many fight fans would watch it.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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