Hall of Fame legend, ‘The Colonel’ Bob Sheridan is one of the most well known and respected commentators in boxing. He has been calling boxing’s biggest fights for more than forty years and has seen many of the greatest boxers come and go from the sport. I recently had a chance to speak to Bob and talk to him about another legend in boxing, Manny Pacquiao. Bob shares his thoughts on Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn, gives his views on Horn’s chances and also gives his official prediction for the fight. Here is what Bob Sheridan had to say.
Robert Brown: The Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn fight is back on again and it looks like it’s going to happen in Brisbane this July. What are your thoughts on that fight?
Bob Sheridan: I’m thrilled for Jeff Horn to be able to get a nice payday, he’s a wonderful kid and I think he’s a terrific fighter. He’s got the opportunity of a lifetime now to try to beat the legendary Manny Pacquiao, who is getting to the age where you never know just what might happen. Now it appears July the second is going to be the fight and I think it’s fantastic.
Robert Brown: Do you agree with most people who say that Horn has no chance at all in that fight?
Bob Sheridan: Jeff Horn is not known in the United States and he’s not known in the UK, and he really isn’t that well known even in Australasia. He got a lot of exposure fighting on the Joseph Parker cards in New Zealand and Australia. Jeff Horn is an Australian kid, he was an Olympic fighter and I would think that the Australian people would love to have the opportunity to see him fight a guy of the caliber of Manny Pacquiao, to find out exactly where Horn is.
There’s a lot of doubters that don’t think he has a ghost of a chance but I think he has a chance because Manny in his last fights, he’s risen to the occasion — Jesse Vargas was a kid like Jeff coming up, and my question is, with all the distractions that he has going on, can he get himself properly prepared for this fight? With that said, I’ve never seen Manny not prepared to fight and be ready to fight.
Robert Brown: How do you expect the fight to play out?
Bob Sheridan: In the fight itself, Jeff Horn is going to be fighting a guy who is faster, quicker, a six time world champion, Horn has never fought anyone of this caliber but he fought the very best as an amateur and he was very successful in the Olympics and now he’s taking the next step. He’s fighting an aging fighter, will he catch him on the right night? I don’t know, but there’s a lot of interest in this fight.
I’m very interested in Jeff Horn and I think it’s a huge attraction for the Brisbane area to have this fight there and to see one of the great future Hall of Famers in Australia. In terms of Jeff Horn’s chances of winning the fight, I think he has a shot. He’s a hard puncher, he’s also very athletic, and he’s shown in past fights that he can back off of the canvas, I think it’s a very interesting fight.
Robert Brown: What does Jeff Horn have to do to get a pass mark in this fight?
Bob Sheridan: Go the distance, look good. If he gets knocked down, to be able to get back up. To score score some good shots on Manny, land some heavy blows and engage him. When we talk about the speed that Manny Pacquiao had in his prime, he doesn’t have quite that speed, and what I look for is the possibility that this up and coming welterweight is really and truly a world class fighter.
It’s a huge step up for Jeff Horn but I think he’s of that caliber and has that ability that he can make a fight of this. If he makes a fight of it and it’s really exciting, it will be great for boxing in Australia, and all of the Australasia regions. The promoters don’t expect Jeff Horn to win this fight, they’ve given Horn because he’s a product of Duco and when they did the deal with Joseph Parker, they said they would promote Parker and take on Horn. They don’t expect Horn to do anything with Manny, this is just another payday for Manny, but Horn has the opportunity of a lifetime. You know he will be in the best possible shape he can be in, he’s a tough gritty kid and he’s a nice kid. I’d love to see him be successful and surprise everybody.