Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Can Horn Do To Pacquiao What Leon Spinks Did To Ali in 1978?

By Peter Lim

Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn is starkly reminiscent of Muhammad Ali vs. Leon Spinks I in 1978 - an all-time great in the twilight of his career defending his title against an untested rookie.

Spinks was 6-0-1 (5 KOs), a pro for less than two years after winning a gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, when he challenged a 36-year-old Ali (55-2, 37 KOs) for the most coveted prize in boxing. Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), a 2012 Olympian, faces 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs).

The obvious disparity in experience is further magnified when taking into consideration that, in their heydays, both Ali and Pacquiao fought and defeated the cream of the crop during golden eras of their respective divisions.

boxing

Ali beat Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, George Foreman, all Hall-of-Famers and legends in their own rights. Likewise Pacquiao defeated fellow legends Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales during the golden era of 126-130 pound divisions. Above 130, he notched victories against the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosely, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.

By contrast, Spinks' and Horn's level of opposition during their brief pro careers was nondescript to average at best. Ali-Spinks and Pacquiao-Horn represent the epitome of the experience-versus-youth showdown.

Two overlapping factors colluded to produce the monumental upset in 1978; Ali had underestimated Spinks and, as a result, undertrained, and Spinks capitalized on his youth to the max, delivering the most inspired and determined performance of his career that he was never again able to duplicate. Morphing into the Energizer Bunny, he swarmed Ali with hyper-hectic volume punching for 15 rounds, rarely giving the older man a moment to breathe let alone establish any kind of rhythm.

Reports that Pacquiao looked sloppier than usual during the initial phases of training camp suggest that he might be taking Horn less seriously than his previous opponents. But even if that were the case, it might not be enough, in and of itself, to tip the balance in Horn's favor. Against overwhelming odds, the Aussie will also have to elevate his game by leaps and bounds to pull off what Spinks did 39 years ago.

See prediction for Pacquiao vs. Horn at: http://peterliminator.blogspot.com/2017/06/manny-pacquiao-vs-jeff-horn.html

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gunpowdergreg on 07-02-2017

[QUOTE=Gunpowdergreg;17818074]Not unless he's Coked up like Leon was that night AND Manny is as out of condition as Ali was for that fight. Never can rule out anything when two boxers are in the ring but my Magic 8 Ball…

Comment by Gillie on 07-01-2017

Seriously doubtful but hey, it's boxing.

Comment by Misanthrop on 07-01-2017

ali should have retired after the 3rd fight vs frazier, he had too many tough fights already and wasnt the same anymore. not sure how much pac has left in the tank but i think it should be enough for…

Comment by Gunpowdergreg on 07-01-2017

Not unless he's Coked up like Leon was that night AND Manny is as out of condition as Ali was for that fight. Never can rule out anything when two boxers are in the ring but my Magic 8 Ball…

Comment by T.M.T on 07-01-2017

pacquiao will be to quick for horn

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (20)
Top Headlines Manny Pacquiao Return Being Lined Up For Crawford-Horn Card Golovkin's Promoter Breaks Down Latest on Canelo Rematch Video: Anthony Joshua Very Eager To Get Parker in The Ring Photos: Estrada, Cuadras vs. Arroyo, Viloria - Superfly 2 Presser Video: Joseph Parker Discusses Anthony Joshua Showdown Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker To Land at O2 Arena Hearn: Jacobs-O'Sullivan Less Likely; Jacobs-Andy Lee Possible Joshua on Parker's Steroid Jabs: I'm Clean, I'd Never Do That Skoglund Update, Castano-Vitu News, Badou Jack, Wallin, More Joseph Parker: Joshua Has Rematch Clause, But I Don't Need One Hearn Offers Alexander Povetkin Slot On Joshua vs. Parker Card Mundine: Horn is a White Boy, Gets Coverage Because He's White! Video: Anthony Joshua Reacts To Steroid Comments From Parker Lenroy Thomas vs. David Allen II Added To Brook-Rabchenko Card News: Kovalev-Mikhalkin, Spence-Peterson, WBSS, More Valdez, Quigg Promise To Stage Action-Packed War at StubHub Photos: Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker - Tense Face To Face Parker: Tyson Fury Might Walk Me to the Ring for Joshua Fight Promoter: Other Than Klitschko, Joshua, Parker Resumes Similar Peterson's Trainer: Fight Against Errol Spence Will Turn Into a War Bivol: Hard to Tell From Two Rounds If Kovalev All the Way Back BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week Mundine: If Horn Says No - Then I Want Saunders, Canelo, GGG Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson - Calm Before The Storm Fury: Me and Joshua is Four Round Fight - Either I Go or He Goes! Parker Regrets Making Steroid Comments About Anthony Joshua Big Fights, Big Finales, Better Judging Top Wish List For 2018 Jamel Herring Signs With Top Rank, Will Fight on Crawford-Horn Luis Ortiz Vows Pain: I'll Tear The Skin Off Deontay Wilder's Body! Estrada: People Think Sor Rungvisai Will KO Me - It Won't Happen! Creed 2 Update: Actor Cast To Play Ivan Drago's Son in Film Mayorga Emotional: Time To Hang Up The Gloves, Say Goodbye Rapper Common is Producing a New Boxing Documentary Tyson Fury: If I'm Honest - I Fancy Parker To Beat Joshua Wilder: No Doubt I'll KO Ortiz, Joshua-Parker Will Be a Long Fight Katie Taylor Dublin Return Off, Being Pushed To Daniel Jacobs Bill Frank Warren: Fans Lost Interest in Amir Khan, He'll Face a Stiff Euro News: Murat-Demchenko, Havnaa-Tahiri, Formella-Frank Briggs: I'll KO Tyson Fury, Breaks All His Fingers To End His Tweets Wilder: I'll Make an Example of Luis Ortiz, He's My Guinea Pig!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement