Pacquiao trainer’s dire prediction for Horn

Fortune: He has no chance2:21

Boxing: According to Justin Fortune, Jeff Horn will finish unconscious on the canvas against manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao hits the pads with Roach.

Grantlee KiezaThe Courier-Mail

MANNY Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach tells Grantlee Kieza from Los Angeles that he is “anxious’’ for the WBO world welterweight champion to score a stunning knockout over Jeff Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on July 2.

What do you know about Jeff Horn?

He’s won his last three fights by knockout and is the best fighter in Australia in his weight division. He’s something of a counterpuncher. He’s going to draw 55,000 people. He’s a strong kid and it should be a great fight. Manny is thrilled to be fighting in Australia and especially thrilled to be fighting in a great stadium with such a big crowd.

How will Manny prepare for this fight?

He’s already started running and doing exercises in Manila. He’s working his ass off. One thing about Manny and about me is that we don’t take anyone lightly. Every opponent is dangerous. Manny will be at his very best and we expect Horn to be at his very best. Horn is stepping up to the top level now but one thing I know about Australian fighters is that they have a great reputation. A few years ago you had Jeff Fenech, who was a real warrior. Australian fighters are strong and they come into the ring in great shape. That’s what we want from Horn. We’re ready to counter that.

Pacquiao hits the pads with Roach.

Pacquiao hits the pads with Roach.Source:AFP

When will you start working with Manny?

I’ve got (British featherweight) Scott Quigg fighting on the undercard to the world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in London on April 29. As soon as that’s over I will join Manny in Manila for six weeks or so and then we’ll spend about 12 days or two weeks in Brisbane getting ready there and letting him get acclimatised. Manny is a workaholic.

What’s your tip for the fight?

Manny hasn’t had a knockout for quite a while and I think we’re due for one. I’m anxious for him to score a knockout and move on to bigger and better things. Jeff Horn had better be ready because we’re coming for him. Manny loves to entertain and he loves to show people he’s the best fighter in the world.

Almost 51,000 people were at Cowboys Stadium in Texas when Manny beat Joshua Clottey in 2010. This crowd is likely to be even bigger. Will a big, hostile crowd cheering for the local hero worry Manny?

(Laughs) Manny Pacquiao loves big crowds. He will have the biggest smile on his face in the world when he gets into the ring in Brisbane. This is what he lives for. This is why he competes in boxing. He loves the attention, loves the crowds. He wants to make all the fans happy with a great show, a great fight and a big win. That’s what he wants to do with this fight.

Roach says Pacquiao will knock Jeff Horn out. Picture: Top Rank

Roach says Pacquiao will knock Jeff Horn out. Picture: Top RankSource:Supplied

What’s your message for Jeff Horn?

I want Horn to be extra ready for this. In Manny’s last fight (a points win over American Jessie Vargas) I saw a lot of the old Manny in the way he hurt his opponent and went after him. That was missing for a few years because of Manny’s religious beliefs. He wasn’t as aggressive. But he’s very aggressive again and like I say I’m anxious for Manny to win by a knockout because he’s due for one and we’ll go on to bigger and better things when that happens.

It looked for a long time that Manny was going to pass on this fight and face Amir Khan instead in Dubai? Are you glad this fight is taking place or would you rather see Manny against better known opponents.

The thing is I like this fight. There’s a chance Manny could be fighting Mikey Garcia or Amir Khan or Terrence Crawford next. Manny needs a fight like Jeff Horn to get ready for a bigger fight. Activity has always been the key for Manny and when he’s busy he’s always at his best. We want activity and me and Manny love to see the world. I’ve been to Sydney once but never to Brisbane. I’ve been to 36 countries. I have the greatest job in the world training fighters and seeing the world.

You’ve certainly trained some great boxers — Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, James Toney and Steve Collins. Is Manny the best you’ve trained?

I believe he’s been my best work. He’s won world titles across eight weight classes. I don’t think I’ll ever repeat that in my life. No fighter has done what he’s done.

Horn ready to fight Pacquia 1:27

Boxing: Jeff Horn can’t believe he’s finally locked in a showdown with Manny Pacquiao. It’s for the WBO welterweight title and it’s at Suncorp Stadium on July 2.

What makes Manny special?

His work ethic is unbelievable. He averages 65 rounds in the gym every workout. He does sprints until he’s gassed. He runs an hour through the mountains and hills every day. We both work hard. I’m in my gym in Los Angeles six days a week 12 hours a day.

Manny hasn’t scored a knockout since Miguel Cotto in 2009. He’s lost three of his last eight fights. Is he in decline?

No he’s not. For a while he stopped really hurting people because of his religious beliefs. But he’s ready to knock out Jeff Horn. I saw a little of the old Manny Pacquiao in his last fight and I expect to see a lot more of that in this fight in Brisbane. We are preparing to give the best performance of Manny’s career.

Upsets in boxing happen, and sometimes the underdog gets up. Does that cross your mind — that Jeff Horn could actually spring a huge shock?

Upsets are part of life. That’s very true but this is a world title fight and we will not be leaving Australia without that belt, believe me.

Will you prepare very differently for Horn than for previous fights against the likes of Floyd Mayweather or Manny’s last opponent Jessie Vargas?

I come up with different game plans for different fighters. Horn is a different opponent to all the other guys, every fighter is different. Manny and I will sit down together in Manila and work out exactly how to beat Horn. Whatever Horn brings we will be ready for it.

Justin Fortune, your cornerman from Australia, told me recently that Horn has no chance. What’s Manny say about that?

Manny knows that Horn can punch hard. If you take any opponent lightly you’re asking for trouble.

Originally published as Pacquiao trainer’s dire prediction for Horn

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