MANNY KEEN ON REMA TCH
MANNY Pacquiao wants to fight Jeff Horn again this year and he wants American Freddie Roach back in his corner.
The Filipino senator, who lost his World Boxing Organisation title to Horn in front of 51,025 people at Suncorp Stadium on July 2, said his whole fight plan would be different.
“More disciplined,’’ Pacquiao told Filipino website Rappler, “throwing a lot of punches.”
Displaying a photo of blood streaming down the side of his head in battle with Horn, Pacquiao yesterday tweeted: “I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country.’’
Although Pacquiao’s US trainer Freddie Roach told magazine Sports Illustrated that he feared Pacquiao was “mad’’ at him over the loss and complained that he had not been paid after the fight, the former world champ said yesterday: “I have no problem with coach Freddie Roach. I’m not the one paying him, it’s Bob Arum. The trainer’s fee is automatically deducted by ( promoters) Top Rank from my purse. So, if coach Freddie has not yet received his payment, we are on the same boat. My purse has not yet been released by Arum.”
A rematch is mooted for November — with Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, able to seat 56,000 people under a retractable roof — vying to steal the fight from Brisbane because of fears over the Queensland heat and rain.
Horn welcomed a rematch and said Pacquiao would be an even tougher foe now that he knows all about the Aussie’s heart and power. “I shocked him,’’ Horn said. “I knew all along he thought that I would be an easy fight.”