Roach: To Get Mayweather, Pacquiao Must Impress With Horn
Jun 28 2017
Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach expects Sunday's big battle to be "short and sweet".
"My team is very happy with my preparation".
Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, Justin Fortune, a former world-class Australian heavyweight boxer, said the Filipino legend wanted to score a big knockout win for his debut on the ESPN network in America, which has promised him the largest television audience he has ever experienced in the United States.
If they needed any added help, Roach even has a fighter under his tutelage who fought and beat Horn as an amateur.
"If he struggles, it could be over and I could call it a day", said Roach, whose first stint as cornerman for the then-gangling and unknown southpaw was in mid-2001. "But let's focus first for this fight".
The match is a defense of his WBO welterweight title won past year.
While the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao blockbuster at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday promises to be a brutal slugfest, the Horn family and his trainer Glenn Rushton are well aware that boxing is a gruelling sport in which people have lost their lives. "I think I haven't fought yet when he fought (Oscar) Dela Hoya", said Horn on Monday.
"And I mean to get Mayweather you have to look good against Jeff Horn, he has to look good, he has to be impressive". This fight is not done yet.
Before leaving the gym, Pacquiao signed some souvenirs and took photos with Australian fans, who patiently waited for him to finish his training. He hasn't faced anyone of the caliber of Pacquiao, though. I'm ready. I'm not underestimating (Horn).
Roach doubted whether Horn's main sparring partner, Filipino Czar Amonsot, offered a great deal when compared with Pacquiao, although the Horn camp feel they came out of their sessions with the required work under the belt. "He can go out there and maybe get lucky, you never know".
The eight-weight world champion has said he is using the bout as an opportunity to prove he remains a global force at the age of 38 as he juggles boxing with a full-time job as a senator in the Philippines.
Mayweather and Pacquiao finally took their rivalry into the ring in 2015 after years of back-and-forth, with Money maintaining his flawless record over the course of 12 one-sided rounds. "I'm willing", Pacquiao said. "I'm a teacher in the ring".