Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn is not surprised that he’s been rejected for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, who holds the WBA “regular” welterweight crown, recently brushed back the idea of facing Horn in a rematch.
Back in July of 2017, Horn won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Pacquiao at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
There was a rematch clause, but the second fight never came together.
Both boxers went in separate directions in 2018.
Horn would lose the WBO title, by way of a knockout, to Terence Crawford. Then he moved up to a catch-weight to score a first round knockout over Australian rival Anthony Mundine.
Pacquiao would get back in the mix when he dominated and stopped Lucas Matthysse. And last month he dominated former four division world champion Adrien Broner over twelve rounds.
According to Horn, Pacquiao and other top names in the welterweight division are avoiding his advances.
“I believe Pacquiao doesn’t want to fight me again because he doesn’t know what he could do different to beat me. He doesn’t do well against my come-forward aggressive style. He likes guys that will just stand there. Pacquiao knows it is tough night in the office if he accepts a fight against me. He gets much bigger money and an easier fight on his body against [Floyd] Mayweather,” Horn told Forbes.
“The other welters know I am a hard fight and are avoiding me. They will use the excuse that I didn’t really beat Pacquiao or [Terence] Crawford ‘easily’ beat me. Crawford is a great fighter and is one of the hardest to beat I believe. As is Spence. On my best day I, I believe I can beat any fighter out there. I am not saying it will be easy at all. I just know I can do it.”