Pac­quiao eyes Horn but mind on old foe

Filipino keen on re­match with May­weather

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A re­match be­tween Floyd May­weather and Manny Pac­quiao could be on the cards if the Filipino boxer wins his bout against Aus­tralian chal­lenger Jeff Horn this week­end, his trainer said yes­ter­day. Pac­quiao, who was out­pointed by May­weather in the “Fight of the Cen­tury” two years ago, will be the strong favourite when he de­fends his world ti­tle against the un­beaten Horn in Bris­bane.

But the Horn fight could be crit­i­cal to whether the “Pac-Man” se­cures an­other su­per­fight with his Amer­i­can ri­val, Fred­die Roach told re­porters in Bris­bane.

Roach said Horn “can de­rail us re­ally badly.

“Manny is, I think, in a must­win sit­u­a­tion. He wants a re­match with May­weather.”. “And I mean to get May­weather you have to look good against Jeff Horn, he has to look good, he has to be im­pres­sive.

“I think there is a lot rid­ing on this fight and I feel Manny has to look re­ally good in this fight and the way the train­ing camp went, I think he will.” Pac­quiao was coy about a pos­si­ble re­match, stress­ing that his fo­cus was on the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion wel­ter­weight ti­tle fight against 29-year-old for­mer school­teacher Horn at Bris­bane’s Sun­corp Sta­dium.

“If there’s a chance, why not. I’m will­ing, but let’s fo­cus first for this fight,” the 38-year-old eight-weight world cham­pion told when asked about fight­ing May­weather again.

“We don’t want to un­der­es­ti­mate Horn think­ing about an­other fight, this fight is not done yet.”

Pac­quiao, 38, briefly re­tired last year be­fore mak­ing a suc­cess­ful come­back against Var­gas in Novem­ber.

He is jug­gling box­ing with his du­ties as a se­na­tor in the Philip­pines.

Box­ing leg­end May­weather, 40, is com­ing out of re­tire­ment to go up against UFC fighter Conor McGre­gor in Au­gust.

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