The role of villain may not come naturally to Anthony Mundine but he embraced it on Tuesday, vowing to expose Jeff Horn as “hype” in the final fight of his 18-year boxing career.

Mundine confirmed his November 30 bout with ex-world champion Horn at Suncorp Stadium would be his last and clearly seemed concerned about his legacy, claiming he was misunderstood by the public due to his “The Man” persona.

“Some media misquote me, try to make me the villain, and people say I am cocky but I have believed in my ability from day one,” 43-year-old Mundine said.

“But if they (media) want me to be the villain, I can be the villain.”

Mundine (48-8-0 record) quickly acted the part, claiming he would bow out by ending 30-year-old Horn’s career in the 71kg catchweight fight set to draw 30,000 fans.

Horn (18-1-1) hopes the fight is a stepping stone toward a re-match against the man who took away his WBO world welterweight title – American Terence Crawford – in June.

Former school teacher Horn will be the Brisbane crowd favourite when he returns to the venue where he sensationally claimed the WBO belt from boxing great Manny Pacquiao in July 2017.

“He’s good and works hard and credit to him but a lot of it is just hype – I want to expose that hype,” Mundine said of Horn.

“This is my opportunity to prove I was the best of the last generation and I am best of the next generation.

“He may bounce back (from a loss) but he will need a plan. Better scrub up on the teaching skills.”

Mundine said Horn was outclassed by Crawford and predicted more of the same next month.

“He beat Pacquiao so I take my hat off to him. But Crawford schooled him,” Mundine said.

“I can guarantee you on November 30 the Crawford nightmare will continue.”

Mundine claimed he was fit enough to fight for another five years but admitted the fire in the belly was waning.

“This fight is for me to go out on a high. I could go on but my desire to put in the hard work isn’t there any more,” he said.

Besides, Mundine reckoned there was nothing left to prove in a boxing career that controversially began in 2000 when he walked away from a lucrative St George Illawarra NRL contract.

“Never before, never again. There won’t be another one,” Mundine said of his career.

Horn won’t be taking Mundine lightly.

“It’s a dangerous fight. I had trouble with Crawford who is a counter fighter and that’s what Mundine’s best at, counter fighting,” he said.

“Hopefully I will be able to learn from my mistakes at the last fight and overcome The Man.”



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