ONE of the hardest punchers in boxing history has declared that Fighting Schoolteacher Jeff Horn has the power to knock out Manny Pacquiao early in their superfight at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on July 2.
John "The Beast” Mugabi, who brawled 11 rounds with world middleweight champ Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas in 1986, says Horn can stun Pacquiao with his heavy punches from both hands.
Mugabi is a regular at the Brisbane gym of Horn's strength and conditioning coach, Dundee Kim, and says he has been "blown away'' by the unbeaten Aussie's speed and power.
"Jeff Horn will shock Pacquiao,'' said the 57-year-old Olympic silver medallist who also held the WBC 70kg title in 1989-90.
"Pacquiao can be hit and hurt and Jeff is a great puncher. Very strong. Pacquiao will not be expecting the sort of power he has.''
Mugabi had a record of 25 fights for 25 knockout wins when he challenged Hagler for the world middleweight title 31 years ago. He repeatedly rocked the all-time great before falling in the 11th round of a boxing classic. But the battle took its toll on Hagler too and it was his last victory.
The vast majority of Mugabi's wins had been in the opening few rounds and "The Beast'' says Horn can shock the world with a quick victory over Pacquiao, who will be defending his World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
"Pacquiao is a great fighter but he will get a big surprise in this fight,'' said Mugabi, who won a silver medal for Uganda at the 1980 Olympics.
He has lived in Australia for 21 years and is studying to become a personal trainer in Brisbane.
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