MANNY KEEN ON REMA TCH

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - GRANTLEE KIEZA

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.”

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