MANNY Pacquiao is promising to knock out Jeff Horn before 55,000 people at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 2.
Despite Horn being a rank outsider against one of the greatest fighters of all time, Pacquiao is already “working his ass off’’ in readiness for the biggest fight ever held in Australia.
“Manny hasn’t scored a knockout in a long time,’’ trainer Freddie Roach told me from Los Angeles this morning, “and it’s time that changed. He is working his ass off for this fight and we will be keeping the world title.
“Manny doesn’t underestimate anyone. He knows upsets can happen in boxing and that Horn is a good puncher but we are prepared for anything.
“No fighter in the world has Manny’s work ethic. He runs for an hour in the morning and does 65 rounds of training in the gym every day.
“And he loves nothing more than entertaining big crowds. The bigger crowd the more he likes it.
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.
“There might be 55,000 people in the (Suncorp) Stadium cheering for Horn but that will only encourage Manny to put on the best show he can.
“He will be the very best he can be for this fight because we know Jeff Horn will be at his best too.’’
Pacquiao, 38, will be defending his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Horn, 29, the No.2 contender.
Roach, who has also trained fighters such as Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson, said he will spend six weeks with Pacquiao in Manila, where the all-time boxing great is also a high-ranking Filipino senator. He will then spend 12 days training with Pacquiao in Brisbane in the lead up to the Suncorp bout.
“There are some big fights coming up for Manny in the near future,’’ Roach said, “and Jeff Horn is just the kind of opponent Manny needs to prepare for those.
“We’re going for the knock out.
“Horn is a strong guy, a counterpuncher but we’re coming up with a game plan to make sure that Manny Pacquiao flies home still with that world title belt in his possession.’’
Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum – whose first fight featured Muhammad Ali in 1966 – is due in Brisbane on April 24 for a week-long publicity tour of Australia.
Originally published as Pacquiao ‘working ass off’ for Brisbane fight
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