Pacquiao Lands Down Under, Tells Horn to Be Ready

We spoke to Manny Pacquiao about his upcoming historic fight with Jeff Horn.

Manny Pacquiao has taken insurance against a loss to Jeff Horn in the form a a rematch clause.

Initially Pacquiao's camp was reluctant to fight the unbeaten Horn, preferring to set up a mega-dollar deal with former champion Amir Khan in the Middle East that fell through.

Pacquiao himself has reportedly been making sure there would be a rematch in the event Horn succeeds in scoring the Upset of the Century.

Meanwhile, Michael Koncz, outspoken Pacquiao adviser, who originally said all they had to do was show up in Brisbane, pinch Horns silly ear, then head back home, has also started singing a different tune. He will be in Brisbane until Wednesday afternoon with quick visits to Sydney and Melbourne before returning to the Philippines on Friday.

"I'm not going to predict the fight, but I will do my best to entertain the fans".

"That's good for him [Horn] that there's a lot of people to cheer for him".

The Aussie, known as "The Fighting Schoolteacher", has reputedly assembled a powerhouse training team in his once-in-a-lifetime crack at the world title. "I also welcome reports that he's been training hard".

During an interview with The Australian, Arum called Horn a "very capable young man" and a "very strong kid". I came to Glenn Rushton 11 years ago to learn self-defence because I was getting picked on at high school. "But Glenn worked with me and made me believe in myself".

Current WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has already put together a storied career inside the ring, and he intends to add to his boxing legacy in his next fight.

Rushton, 59, spent most of his life teaching and promoting martial arts as a sideline to his business activities, but began concentrating on boxing as Horn eyed a spot at the London Olympics.

Asked who had told him that, the short and dusky Pacquiao diehard said he just read it in the papers.

"It's very exciting to fight here (in Brisbane)".

"Pac-Man", who briefly retired early previous year before making a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas in November, added that he was excited to face Horn, 29, in the WBO welterweight title fight at the 55,000-capacity Suncorp Stadium.

You can expect Pacquiao to show up prepared on July 1st and he should pick up another win.

  • Julie Sanders