Horn says he has the plan to beat Manny Pacquiao

Posted June 26, 2017

Horn is winding down his preparations for the Suncorp Stadium bout on Sunday for the WBO welterweight boxing title with a light training session at Rushton's Stretton gym in Brisbane on Monday. "I know how Jeff Horn is feeling this week".

The fight is expected to attract a sellout crowd of about 50,000 at the outdoor Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Roach, who has trained many world champions in his time, including Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko, said a world title is on the line and Pacquiao intends to keep it.

"It's a plan. I've heard him speak to me about 1,000 times, so reading over it is just like listening to him talk to me in the ring", Horn said. The fight against Horn will be Pacquiao's first defense of the title he won last November with a unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas. "We never take a fight lightly, that's not how Manny Pacquiao thinks", Roach told reporters. Pacquiao is favored to win over Horn but the unbeaten Australian challenger insist he will beat Pacquiao on fight night to become the new WBO welterweight champion.

"I love to fight aggressive fighters".

Pacquiao, who briefly retired a year ago before making a successful comeback against Vargas in November, said after arriving in Australia at the weekend he was confident of taking out Horn before an expected crowd of 50,000.

"I consider him a tough opponent", the eight-weight world champion added. He's undefeated and young.

Pacquiao identified Horn's powerful right hand as his biggest strength. "He has good amateur experience", Pacquiao said, as quoted by Courier Mail.

"Where I've fought before has been in a small location, so the crowd seems louder than it is - kind of echoes in the room", he said.

Rushton sent the 29-year-old his blueprint over the weekend but it has been months in the making, based on tips and strategies for success against one of the greatest fighters of this generation, gleaned from hours of tape from Pacquiao's previous bouts.

Pacquiao said he and his team had been happy with his performance. I remember when I was starting out.

"It's awesome (to have Jeff behind me), he's a legend of the sport", Horn said.

"Horn is a little bigger and stronger, but Manny is faster and punches hard so its going to be a good battle".