Pacquiao: ‘People writing me off after the Jeff Horn fight was good for me’

When Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title in controversial fashion to Jeff Horn in July 2017, many thought we had seen the best of Pacquiao, but he returned a year later and stopped Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds. Now, he continues stake his claim as one of the best at 147 when he battles Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas(Showtime PPV).

“People writing me off after the Jeff Horn fight was good for me. I’m not mad at anyone who thought that,” Pacquiao said on Wednesday. “It just became a challenge and a test to me of whether or not I could still show my best.”

Pacquiao would show his best against Matthysse this summer in a performance that reminded Pacquiao of some of his great performances of the past.

“The knockout in my last fight felt good. It felt like my younger days against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and others,” Pacquiao said. “That fight was a big challenge for me to recover from the fight against Jeff Horn. People said that my career was done. But I never got discouraged, I just worked hard and made the knockout against Lucas Matthysse happen.”

The hope for Pacquiao is he will stop Broner on Saturday night, and to make that happen, he plans on putting the pressure on the Cincinnati native.

“I don’t need to dislike my opponent to want a knockout. I’m just doing my job in the ring. If the knockout comes, it comes,” Pacquiao said. “We’re hoping to have that opportunity Saturday. I have to pressure him to make him open up. Wherever he goes, I’ll be there.”

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Horn-Mundine to air on ESPN+

he latest edition of Breakfast and Boxing on ESPN+ will be streamed live from Down Under this Friday, as former welterweight world champion Jeff “The Hornet” Horn and former two-time super middleweight world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine will settle a long-simmering Australian grudge match in a 12-rounder from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The ESPN+ stream will begin at 3:30 a.m. ET, with Horn and Mundine expected to enter the ring at approximately 6:30 a.m. ET.

Horn vs. Mundine will be contested at a catchweight of 71 kilograms (156.5 pounds), with Mundine’s WBO Oriental and the vacant WBA Oceania middleweight titles on the line.

Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs) burst onto the world boxing scene in 2017 with a year for the ages. In front of more than 50,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium on a sunny July day, he defeated living legend Manny Pacquiao by close unanimous decision to win the WBO welterweight world title. A former teacher who represented Australia at the 2012 Olympics, Horn defended his title later that year with an 11th-round TKO against Gary Corcoran. Horn’s good fortune finally ran out June 9 in Las Vegas against pound-for-pound elite Terence “Bud” Crawford, who snagged Horn’s belt via dominating ninth-round TKO.

Mundine (48-8, 28 KOs), a 43-year-old former professional Australian rugby player, turned pro in 2000 following a limited amateur career. His professional career has been a fascinating one, as he’s fought as low as super welterweight and as high as cruiserweight. Mundine first captured the WBA super middleweight world title in 2003 with a unanimous decision victory against Antwun Echols, defending the title once before a split decision loss to Manny Siaca. He knocked out countryman Sam Soliman in the ninth round on March 7, 2007 to win the WBA super middleweight world title for second time. Since then, he has taken part in some of Australia’s most high-profile boxing events, including a 2013 TKO win against future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley. Mundine rebounded from a 1-3 skid on Jan. 17, knocking out Tommy Browne in the second round.

In undercard action, Australian welterweight contender Cameron “The Hammer” Hammond (17-1, 9 KOs) will take on Frank Rojas (23-1, 22 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the WBA Oceania welterweight title. Australian super featherweight champion Brent Rice (8-0, 2 KOs) will make the second defense of his belt against Liam Wilson (2-0, 2 KOs) in a 10-rounder, and middleweight prospect Ben Mahoney (5-0, 2 KOs) will step up in class versus Adrian Rodriguez (11-1-2, 5 KOs) in a five-round clash.

Crawford stops Horn in 9 to capture WBO welterweight title(PHOTOS)

Terence Crawford made it look easy against Jeff Horn. Crawford dominated and stopped Jeff Horn in 9th round to capture the WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas at the MGM Garden Grand on Saturday night.

With the victory, Crawford becomes a three-division world champion. Crawford proved in his debut at 147 that he going to beat for anybody.

Here photos from Crawford’s victory:

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Horn: ‘I’m surprised I’m as big of an underdog as I am for the fight’

Last summer, WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn(18-0-1, 12 KOs) shocked the world when he beat the great Manny Pacquiao in Australia. While the decision was controversial, Horn did fight well against Pacquiao.

The 30-year-old Horn fought a guy in Pacquiao who was slightly past his prime, but on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Horn is going to be fighting a guy in Terence Crawford(32-0, 23 KOs), who is in his prime, and who many believe is one of the pound-for-pound best in the sport.

Although Horn is undefeated, he is a massive underdog in this fight, which is very surprising to him:

“I’m surprised I’m as big of an underdog as I am for the fight. I’m not surprised I am the underdog,” Horn said on Thursday. “Terence Crawford is a great fighter, pound-for-pound, wiped out the super lightweight division. That’s a tough division as well. I’ve made this mistake before. I underestimated a guy that was slightly smaller than me – in the amateurs – and he knocked me down a couple times. I won’t be making that same mistake. Terence, I know he’s put on the size. He’s going to be a nice, strong welterweight. I can’t wait to get in there and prove the doubters wrong.”

“The Hornet” is not a scrub, but he does not have the talent of Crawford. He has to make it an ugly, dirty fight if he wants to have a chance against Crawford. However, even that may not be enough to get he victory on Saturday night.

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Arum: ‘Terence Crawford in my mind is the superstar in boxing’

Terence Crawford is moving on up. Crawford will make his welterweight debut on Saturday night against WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn.

Crawford has the talent to be a big star in the sport of boxing. He captured a title at 135, cleaned out 140, and won four belts in that division. Now, he is hoping to claim a title at 147.

Crawford is looking to become one of the biggest names in boxing, and Crawford’s promoter Bob Arum believes the Omaha, Nebraska native is a star at this point of his career:

“Terence Crawford in my mind is the superstar in boxing. He dominated as a lightweight champion, won all of the belts as a junior welterweight champion and now he goes up to fight the welterweights,” Arum said during a conference call. “The first step is Jeff Horn, who is a big, strong welterweight from Australia, and Terence believes he is up for the challenge, and every obstacle that Terence has faced he has overcome.”

Arum believes Crawford compares favorably to an all-time great:

“He is in my mind like one of the throwback fighters to the 80s. We compare him to the great Sugar Ray Leonard, and I think the skill and artistry of Terence in the ring is something to see and I look forward to his great performance on Saturday night against a tough, young welterweight in Jeff Horn.”

Expect Crawford to beat Horn on Saturday night. After that, let’s hope Crawford can fight some of the top fighters at 147, but unfortunately, many of the top fighters at 147 are with PBC and Al Haymon, which could make it difficult for Crawford to fight Errol Spence Jr., Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, or Shawn Porter.

Horn: ‘I should be able to win a decision in America’

To many, WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn(18-0, 12 KOs) benefitted from some home cooking when he beat Manny Pacquiao in Australia last summer. However, Horn will not have that same home field advantage as he battles Terence Crawford(32-0, 23 KOs) on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

While Horn, 30, will have to go on the road to fight Crawford, he does believe he can get a decision victory in Vegas:

“I should be able to win a decision in America,” Horn said during a conference call on Tuesday. “If they are judging fairly and I am throwing more punches and landing more punches, then the judges should be seeing that and scoring me the rounds. The judges will be watching Terence Crawford and watching me as well. That can be the tricky part with judging if you try and watch two guys – you normally can put your eye on one guy and see what he’s doing. It will come down to the exchanges between me and Crawford and who they are watching.”

Crawford, 30 is making his first appearance at 147, so maybe, just maybe that might be the only advantage Horn may have coming into this fight, but we doubted “The Hornet” once, and he surprised us against Pacquiao. So, can he pull the rabbit out of the hat again against Crawford?

We’ll find out June 9!

Horn: ‘Crawford’s trash talk has only inspired me that much more to shock the world once again’

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn can’t get any respect. Even though he beat the great Manny Pacquiao last summer, in controversial fashion, Horn did fight hard and gave Pacquiao a very tough fight.

He did impossible once, but can he do it again? Horn may have a tougher test on June 9 when he battles unbeaten Terence Crawford(32-0, 23 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Many may doubt the Australian native; however, he expects to shock the world, again:

“Defending the world title successfully a second time is a must,” Horn(18-0-1, 12 KOs) said. “Crawford is a very talented fighter and deserves his accolades. I will be on a mission to prove the doubters wrong. Obviously, I am a very competitive guy who works really hard to achieve his goals. Crawford is a brilliant boxer, but I am coming to win, and I will win. Crawford’s trash talk has only inspired me that much more to shock the world once again.”

Horn, 30, is coming off an 11th-round stoppage of Gary Corcoran last December.

Horn has the heart, but not so sure he has the talent to beat Crawford, but we all said the same thing when he fought Pacquiao, and look what happened in that fight.

We’ll see if the world will be shocked again on June 9!

Crawford: ‘Jeff Horn and his team better be ready’

LAS VEGAS (March 29, 2018) — Pound-for-pound superstar TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD is ready to conquer the welterweight division. Crawford, the former lightweight champion and undisputed junior welterweight kingpin, will challenge JEFF “The Hornet” HORN for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“It’s exciting to see Bud Crawford move up to the welterweight division. In Jeff Horn, he fights a big, rough, tough welterweight who won the title from one of the greats, Manny Pacquiao,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, founder, and CEO of Top Rank.

“I cannot wait to get back in the ring on June 9 and win the WBO welterweight championship,” Crawford said. “Jeff Horn and his team better be ready because they are going to see a bigger, stronger, and more powerful Terence Crawford. I am going home with that belt.”

Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs), from Omaha, Nebraska, is coming off a history-making performance in becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion of the world. “Bud” defeated the previously unbeaten Julius Indongo in impressive fashion when he blasted the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world champion with a sensational third-round liver shot knockout. That fight took place lastAugust 19 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. With the win over Indongo, Crawford became the first 140-pounder to unify all four major world titles, and the third male boxer in history to accomplish that feat—joining Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor.

Crawford unified the WBO and World Boxing Council (WBC) titles on July 23, 2016, with a thoroughly dominating unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Viktor Postol. He knocked down Postol twice in the fifth round and fought out of the southpaw stance for nearly the entire fight. Before unifying all four major world title belts against Indongo, Crawford notched TKO victories over 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz and the big-punching John Molina, Jr.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Duco Events, tickets on-sale and broadcast information for the Crawford vs. Horn world title bout will be announced shortly.

Crawford on fighting Horn: ‘When he steps in to the ring with me, it’s going to be a very different story’

OMAHA (December 13. 2017) — Undefeated two-division world champion  TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD (32-0, 23 KOs), from Omaha, is ready  to move out of the junior welterweight division and up to the welterweight class.  Crawford, the 2014 Fighter of the Year, became boxing’s first undisputed world champion in 15 years when he knocked out fellow unified world champion Julius Indongo over the summer.  Tune ups may be good for engines but they have no place in Crawford’s repertoire.  After unifying the four major junior welterweight titles this year, Crawford, who has been designated the mandatory challenger to World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JEFF “The Hornet” HORN, is ready to challenge for the 147-pound title.  Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs), from Brisbane, Australia, successfully defended his title earlier today, stopping Top-10 contender Gary Corcoran (17-2, 7 KOs), of London in the 11th round.  The two undefeated world champions will face each other next, in the spring of 2018.  Televised live in the U.S. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, the Horn-Corcoran title tilt will be replayed today on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT

 Here is what Terence had to say after watching the Horn – Corcoran title fight on ESPN:

“Jeff Horn did what he had to do to get the job done tonight but I’m a totally different fighter than Gary Corcoran.   I have more power and more speed than Corcoran.  When he steps in to the ring with me, it’s going to be a very different story.

“When I move up to the 147 pound division, everyone is going to see a bigger, stronger fighter and a harder puncher than they saw at 140 pounds.  I plan to do the same thing at 147 that I did at 135 and 140 and clean out the division.

 “2017 has been a huge year for me with stoppages over Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz and fellow undefeated unified World Champion Julius Indongo, my move to the number one spot on the pound-for-pound list and becoming the undisputed Junior Welterweight Champion of the World.

“In 2018, I’m going to continue to be successful.  I feel like I’m getting better each and every time I step foot in to the ring and I know that will continue next year in my new weight division.”

On Glenn Rushton’s (Horn’s trainer) comments:

“There are holes in everybody’s game.  There’s a lot of holes in Jeff Horn’s game and everyone will see that when he gets in the ring with me.”

2017 was another banner year for Crawford, who successfully defended his titles by knockout while being rated No. 1 in many pound for pound fighter polls.  Crawford laid waste to Olympic gold medalist and top-rated welterweight contender Félix Díaz (19-1, 9 KOs), at Madison Square Garden, and International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) world champion Julius Indongo (22-0, 12 KOs), at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 20 and August 19, respectively.  Both telecasts were among the highest-rated of the year.

Photos from Horn-Corcoran weigh-in

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (December 12, 2017) — Boxing’s Cinderella Man and Brisbane, Australia’s favorite son, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn, returns to the ring in the first defense of the world title he won off the legendary Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.  Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) will be risking his newly-minted World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown against Top-10 contender Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran (17-1, 7 KOs), of London.  It will be the Brit’s first fight outside the United Kingdom.  Promoted by Duco Events and Top Rank, the Horn vs. Corcoran world welterweight championship fight will take place Tomorrow! Wednesday, December 13, at the Brisbane Convention Centre and will be televised live and exclusively at 6:30 a.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.  ESPN2 will air a prime time same-day replay at 9:30 p.m. EST.

 Horn, a former high school physical education teacher and 2012 Olympian, captured the world’s imagination when he upset the heavily favored Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, winning a gritty unanimous decision in front of over 51,000 fans at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on July 1.  Horn, a 12-to-1 underdog, didn’t let the moment or Pacquiao intimidate him.  He pressured the defending champion and backed him up throughout the 12 grueling and exciting rounds.  In addition to becoming a world champion Horn also became the toast of two continents.

Video from the weigh-in:

Here are photos from the weigh-in:

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