LOS ANGELES – Nangako si Manny Pacquiao na patutulugin si Jeff Horn sa harap ng 55,000 fans sa Suncorp Stadium sa Brisbane sa Hulyo 2.
Iginiit ni Freddie Roach, trainer ni Pacquiao na habang sige ang panayam ni Horn sa media, naghahanda na ang eight-division world champion para sa laban na itinututing pinakamalakaing boxing promotion sa Australia.
“Manny hasn’t scored a knockout in a long time,’’ pahayag ni Roach sa panayam ng Fox.com. “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. 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.’’
Itataya ni Pacquiao, 38, ang World Boxing Organization welterweight title kontra sa 29-anyos na si Horn, ang No.2 contender.
Sinabi ni Roach, nagsanay at humasa rin kina Oscar De La Hoya at Mike Tyson, na magsasanay sila ni Pacquiao sa Manila sa loob ng anim na linggo. Nakatakda ring silang magenssayo sa Brisbane sa loob ng 12 araw.
“There are some big fights coming up for Manny in the near future,’’ sambit ni Roach. “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.’’
Nakatakdang tumulak patungong Brisbane ang kampo ni Pacquiao sa Abril 24 para sa isang linggong media Tour sa Australia.