Rushton and Horn have a 10-point plan to beat Pacquiao that is typed on a single sheet of foolscap.
"I think on July 2 Jeff is going to become an Australian sporting superstar and a star of world boxing", he said.
Pacquiao (59-6-2) had the last of his 38 knockout wins in 2009, but he said he's been working harder in preparation for this fight than he has in years.
"The better he does the better it will be for Australian boxing". His 17 professional fights are dwarfed by Pacquiao's 67 bouts. Alternatively, a strong showing could set up a future clash with one of the division's bigger names if he wants to continue. "He loses on points to Manny Pacquiao, an all-time great, there's no shame in doing that and it'll expose him to the wider global boxing public". "He is out of his element", said Bradley, a four-time world champion from California.
There was a time, not too long ago, after his memorable stoppages of Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto, when Pacquiao, now 38, could've signed to fight a novice golden gloves runner-up and it would've been huge news and considered must-see. The ironic thing is, if Floyd Mayweather were still fighting as a boxer instead of exclusively for attention and money, it's conceivable he would have his hands full with Thurman, and I'm sure some observers would favor Spence to beat him if they signed to fight before the end of 2017. Meanwhile, Pacquiao's longtime rival, Floyd Mayweather, is slotted to fight UFC headliner Conor McGregor in August. Koncz said he's spoken to Pacquiao about doing a fight in the Philippines, but that it'd take the right deal to make it happen.
"We might give him your mic, Bob", he said to promoter Bob Arum, one of world boxing's most famous promoters and a lawyer who once worked with the Kennedys, before Ali.
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"People say "well, Manny hasn't knocked anyone out in years" but these are AAA guys, with pro-level experience, current or former world champions", Fortune told AAP.
A fighter, especially when he's fighting in an atmosphere that's bigger than he's accustomed, will suffer from an attack of nerves that sometimes suck all the energy and endurance out of him, putting that fighter in a compromising situation.
"These boxers were some of my favourite boxers when I started boxing", he said.
Thanks to his prohibitive duties in the senate, Pacquiao hasn't been able to devote as much time to training. "The top fights will always find their way to pay-per-view, but there are still enough fights to be made for a network like ESPN to carve out its own place in the sport again".
Security concerns from Queensland Police have ensured 11-time world champ Pacquiao won't be making any public appearances in Brisbane before the WBO welterweight bout at Suncorp Stadium this weekend.
Pacquiao's long-time trainer and surrogate father, Freddie Roach, has basically admitted his star pupil needs to dominate Horn to in order to justify continuing his career.