Sydney - A rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny
Pacquiao could be on the cards if the legendary Filipino boxer wins his bout
against Australian challenger Jeff Horn this weekend, his trainer said on Tuesday.
Pacquiao, who was outpointed by Mayweather in the
"Fight of the Century" two years ago, will be the strong favourite
when he defends his world title against the unbeaten Horn in Brisbane.
But the Horn fight could be critical to whether the
"Pac-Man" secures another superfight with his American rival, Freddie
Roach told reporters in Brisbane.
"He (Horn) can derail us really badly. Manny is, I
think, i a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather," Roach
"And I mean to get Mayweather you have to look good
against Jeff Horn, he has to look good, he has to be impressive.
"I think there is a lot riding on this fight and I feel
Manny has to look really good in this fight and the way the training camp went,
I think he will."
Pacquiao was coy about a possible rematch, stressing that
his focus was on the World Boxing Organisation welterweight title fight against
29-year-old former schoolteacher Horn at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
"If there's a chance, why not. I'm willing, but let's
focus first for this fight," the 38-year-old eight-weight world champion
told reporters when asked about fighting Mayweather again.
"We don't want to underestimate Horn thinking about
another fight, this fight is not done yet."
Pacquiao, 38, briefly retired last year before making a
successful comeback against Vargas in November, and is juggling boxing with his
duties as a senator in the Philippines.
Boxing legend Mayweather, 40, is coming out of retirement to
fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in August.