The reigning WBO world welterweight champion, Jeff Horn (17-0-1) has spoken about his future plans and has revealed the fights he desires that will help him in his quest to cement a memorable legacy in the sport.
There are no surprises that he has picked arguably the three biggest names of this current era of combat sports. They include former 8-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao, former undefeated former 5-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather and 2-weight UFC world champion Conor McGregor are being earmarked for potential fights by Horn.
Horn makes the maiden defence of his WBO world title against Britain’s Gary Corcoran on December 15th and former 2-weight world champion Terence Crawford (32-0) has been instilled as the mandatory challenger to that title.
Jeff Horn upsets Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in the Battle of Brisbane. pic.twitter.com/irjJkhwNAw
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“I’ve heard rumours that if they’re going to fight again it’s going to be against me and then Manny to retire,” Horn told Nine’s Sports Sunday panel. “The one that I really want”. Horn explained his view that the second instalment of the Pacquiao saga is the most enticing option. “I want the Manny Pacquiao rematch – that’s the big one”.
Despite the controversy surrounding the decision, Horn always felt like he did enough to warrant having his hand raised on July 2nd. “I felt on the day that I’d won the fight. I wasn’t sure I was going to get the decision on the day but I felt like we’d done enough to get the win.”
After Horn triumphed against Pacquiao, he began calling for more high profile fights most notably against the UFC’s marquee attraction, Conor McGregor and undefeated former pound-for-pound king Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
Mayweather, retired back in August after stopping McGregor in the 50th professional engagement of his career after the Irishman fatigued down the stretch of his professional boxing debut.
“If I can land other big names out there … people get up me about calling out guys like Conor McGregor but he’s an easier fight for me and a massive payday so who wouldn’t” Horn said.
Horn also passed his judgement on the biggest name in combat sports and explained how Mayweather given his age, is now a beatable opponent. “Floyd Mayweather would be frustrating because he’s so good defensively, but I think he’s past an age. I think I would beat him now but in his prime, he would’ve been extremely difficult to fight”.