Brisbane - Manny Pacquiao's world title fight with Jeff Horn
will be "short and sweet" with a knockout likely, his trainer
predicted on Wednesday, as his Australian challenger said he was "ready
The legendary Filipino, one of the greatest fighters of his
generation, is widely tipped to triumph over the unbeaten Horn in front of an
expected 50 000 people at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
"He (Manny) doesn't like to predict knockouts and so
forth but I think it is going to be short and sweet," trainer Freddie
Roach told reporters at a press conference ahead of the World Boxing
Organization (WBO) welterweight bout.
"I think it won't last too long and someone will get
Roach on Tuesday suggested the fight was a stepping stone
for the eight-weight world champion to secure a rematch with American rival
Floyd Mayweather, who outpointed Pacquiao in the "Fight of the
Century" two years ago.
Horn's camp hit back, with the former school schoolteacher's
promoters taking a dig at Pacquiao for spending most of the press conference
looking at his mobile phone.
"Not only is Manny Pacquiao an eleven-time world
champion... he is also a world champion texter, because he never gets off his
bloody phone," Dean Lonergan said.
Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton accused Pacquiao's camp of
underestimating his 29-year-old challenger and said the so-called "Battle
of Brisbane" would become the "fight of the year".
"My vision for this fight is it will be a late
stoppage. I think it is going to occur late in the fight after... all of these
rounds. I personally believe this will be the fight of the year," Rushton
"I do think Freddie and Manny are probably
underestimating Jeff even though I know they say they are not because he is too
experienced not to prepare properly.
"But I do think when they get out there, it's going to
be so different. I think this will become Manny's toughest fight... we've
trained as hard as we've ever trained for this fight, so we're ready for
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) briefly retired last year
before making a comeback to win the WBO welterweight title against Jesse Vargas
in November, as he juggles boxing with his duties as a senator in the