Pacquiao trainer questions Horn's fight preparation
JEFF Horn's team have made a monumental blunder by not training in the United States for Sunday's fight and not using an array of slick left-handed sparring partners, according to a key member of Manny Pacquiao's team.
Pacquiao's Australian strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune says the fighting school teacher hasn't done his "homework" and will be totally outclassed by the old master at Suncorp Stadium.
While Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach says Horn is a "dangerman" and has the punch to derail Pacquiao, Fortune remains dismissive of Horn.
"Why wouldn't I be dismissive," Fortune said.
"Manny is one of the greats and Jeff Horn is in a different league.
"If Manny puts his mind to it he destroys anybody in the world. He's busted up some of the greats. Jeff Horn is the guy to knock out and we're in the hurt business."
Fortune, a former Australian champion who once fought world heavyweight king Lennox Lewis in Dublin, said Horn should have spent eight weeks in America against the best sparring partners available.
"Then you might have given him a real shot if he'd been training with A-grade guys all the time," he said.
"Instead he's been using (Filipino) Czar Amonsot as a sparring partner and he is nowhere near as fast as Manny. Not even close. Horn won't know what him hit because Manny is that quick."
Horn says he was more than happy using Amonsot, the No.3 ranked junior-welterweight (63kg) fighter in the world.
"I've definitely sparred the best I ever have for this preparation and I'm really happy with the rounds Czar gave me."
He said while Pacquiao "might be faster than me, I am still pretty quick and I think I have an awkward style that he hasn't faced before.
"My style will give him problems and it's a matter of timing him so that I can make him miss and land my hard shots."
Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton defended the decision to use Amonsot almost exclusively as the Aussie's main sparring partner for the most crucial three weeks of the preparation.
"Czar isn't as fast as Manny Pacquiao but who is," Rushton said.
"Czar is still one of the top fighters in the world at his weight and I wanted to use him as Jeff's only sparring partner at the end of the preparation because he is so tough and he could fight 12 rounds in every session.
"I could have used alternate sparring partners to keep them fresh but I wanted Jeff to fight 12 rounds with continuity against the same opponent like he would in a fight rather than have to adapt to different sparring partners with different styles every session.
"I know Jeff is going to stun the boxing world on Sunday."