Pacquiao on Mayweather rematch: If there's a chance, I'm willing

"Manny is one of the greats and Jeff Horn is in a different league", Pacquiao's Australian strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune told reporters.

Horn, who took up boxing to protect himself from bullies 11 years ago, fights Pacquiao for the world welterweight title in a bout that will draw more than 50,000 people to Suncorp Stadium and be watched by a television audience of nearly a billion people. Other featured bouts include Irish Olympian Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs) against Jarrett Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs) of Brisbane in a six-round featherweight fight and IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs) of the Philippines defending against Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs) of Japan.

The 29-year-old "Hornet", a former school teacher, has a big punch in his locker and will also have height and reach advantages.

Horn's most notable victories have come against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller, Viktor Potnikov, and Randall Bailey.

It would be a huge moment for Horn and Aussie boxing in general if he managed to slay the Filipino dragon.

'(Pacquiao) doesn't like to predict knockouts and so forth but I do, ' Roach said at a media conference on Wednesday.

Pacquiao on Mayweather rematch: If there's a chance, I'm willing

"We spoke to Bob, and we made a decision to give the people a chance to watch the fight on a free station in America". "Jeff Horn is the guy to knock out and we're in the hurt business". "Jeff's not. I don't think they've realized that".

"Instead he's been using (Filipino) Czar Amonsot as a sparring partner and he is nowhere near as fast as Manny".

Can the legendary Manny Pacquiao retain his WBO World Welterweight title by recording the 60th win of his career in his 69th fight, as he does battle down under for the first time in his remarkable 22-year career? Horn is the most obscure opponent Pacquiao has been matched up against in over a decade, and the matchup has been criticized heavily by members of the boxing community. But none of those rivals have been anywhere close to Pacquiao's caliber.

Pacquiao, one of the ten best boxers in history, is simply too much for Horn, even in his diminished form. "With Mayweather, you have to look good against an opponent, you have to be impressive". Horn only got seven points in the poll.

"I think it's going to be short and sweet".

"We don't want to underestimate Horn by thinking about another fight. And someone will get knocked out". The less than stellar showing vs. Mayweather really nicked the perception of Pacquiao, the whirlwind fighter. Horn has won 16 with a draw and no defeats, but, to date, has fought no opponents with serious global reputations. So with that being said, it's pretty clear that Pac Man will be looking to shine this weekend against Horn in hostile territory.

  • Julie Sanders