Pacquiao hopes fight leads to Mayweather rematch

Key fight Manny Pacquiao's trainer says he would encourage him to give the game away if Jeff Horn causes an upset

The legendary coach believes Pacquiao should hang up his gloves if he is beaten by Horn.

But Roach warned the Filipino veteran had shown signs of "the old Manny" in Brisbane, knocking out two sparring partners - the first time Pacquiao had done that while training for a title fight in six years.

The champion said he'll take care of business with his challenger when they clash for the welterweight championship of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) on Sunday at the Suncorp Stadium here.

Asked what he would do if Horn won, Roach said: "Depending on how he lost but I would probably encourage him to retire".

"Jeff Horn is a school teacher but I am a teacher in the boxing ring".

"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.

Pacquiao was coy about a possible rematch, stressing that his focus was on the title fight against 29-year-old former schoolteacher Horn.




"I think this is one of the biggest crowds that I'm going to fight to".

He's most risky when he's attacking from the side and he is constantly rehearsing the shock punches.

As reported by ESPN.com, Pacquiao blamed his loss on an injured shoulder immediately after the fight, and he's been clamoring for a second bout ever since. "If a knockout happens, then that is a bonus". We're getting close to the end, I know. "I think when you're going to fight someone and you're an underdog, and you're in your hometown in front of an unprecedented 50,000 to 60,000 screaming fans, there might be some encouragement there". It's the way we've always worked.

Jeff Horn during a training session in Brisbane, on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Pacquiao, a record eight-division world champion, is taking on unbeaten Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane this Saturday. "Manny is in a must-win situation, he wants a rematch with Mayweather", Roach said.

"Well, you know, he's not Marquez, and he never will be", Roach said bluntly.

"But he will get an bad shock when he experiences Manny's speed". If he will be able to do so against Horn remains to be seen. "I am looking for a big win here", Roach said.

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