Pacquiao wants Mayweather rematch after Battle of Brisbane


Finally we get to see the Pacquiao and Horn rivalry into the ring in the WBO welterweight championship fight at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Sunday 2nd July 2017, but coach Freddie Roach said Pacquiao is looking beyond Horn and wants to up a fight with Floyd Mayweather.

In the last fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao during 2015 the so called “Fight of the Century” where Mayweather won the bout via 12-round unanimous decision. Pacquiao however blamed his loss on an injured shoulder and since then he is been looking for a rematch.

The coach hopes the 11-time world champion to raise his rating with the upcoming weekend’s bout but in a bid to persist a re-match with Mayweather.

Roach who trained 49 world champions on Tuesday at Suncorp Stadium said –

“Manny is in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather. With Mayweather, you have to look good against an opponent, you have to be impressive. …

Upon asking what if Pacquiao could not defeat the 29-year-old undefeated Australian, Roach said

“If he struggles in this fight, it could be over. Depending on how he lost, I would probably encourage him to retire. We have to win this fight. It is a crucial fight for us.”

Although Pacquiao is busy with his duties towards Philippines senator, he has show signs of “the old Manny” in Brisbane by crushing down two sparring partners, said Roach.

“I have been waiting for a knockout for a long time now,” Roach laughed. “But he has shown signs of the old Manny at training.”

Currently, Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is vastly favourite against Horn (16-0-1 record, 11 knockouts) despite no stopping an rival since his 12th round TKO of Miguel Cotto in 2009.

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