CHAMPION QUEENSLANDERS: Boxer Jeff Horn chats with Maroons players after their team training session at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast. The Queensland boxer said he feel vindicated after a recent recount of his WBO Welterweight title fight proved he is still the champion.
CHAMPION QUEENSLANDERS: Boxer Jeff Horn chats with Maroons players after their team training session at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast. The Queensland boxer said he feel vindicated after a recent recount of his WBO Welterweight title fight proved he is still the champion. GLENN HUNT

Pacquiao will play things differently in Horn rematch

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 a second time.

"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 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."

Even though Pacquiao's American 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: "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 prospect of rain late in the year.

Horn welcomes a rematch and says Pacquiao will be an even tougher foe now that he knows all about the Australian's heart and power.

"I shocked him," Horn said.

"I knew all along he thought that I would be an easy fight. He kept saying he wasn't underestimating me all along but I could tell by his body language that he thought I would be just a walk in the park for him.

"I'd love the rematch. I know he'd train harder and be better prepared but I'd beat him even more convincingly than the first time."

Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton predicted that Horn would stop Pacquiao inside the distance in a return fight.

"Jeff will only get stronger and better from that victory," said Rushton who first taught Horn to throw a punch when he was a bullied schoolboy 11 years ago.

 

Manny Pacquiao (right) of the Philippines and Australia's Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane.
Manny Pacquiao (right) of the Philippines and Australia's Jeff Horn of Australia fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane. Tertius Pickard

"We'd love the rematch, of course, because we want the big fights but if I was in Manny's corner I would tell him to chase easier fights than Jeff.

"If he wants to make a big payday Manny should go after Britain's former world champ Amir Khan. Amir would be a safer bet than getting chewed up by Jeff Horn again."

Promoter Bob Arum, who staged the Suncorp superfight in partnership with Horn's promoter Duco Events, says he expects to visit Pacquiao in the Philippines in the next two weeks to discuss Pacquiao's future and the prospect of him exercising the rematch clause in his contract.

Horn beat Pacquiao in a rematch of sorts earlier this week when an independent panel of five judges recounted his win over Pacquiao and declared him the victor a second time.

While Pacquiao had accepted the decision with good grace immediately after the fight he declared it "unfair" after arriving back home and he and the Philippines Government protested to the World Boxing Organisation.

Pacquiao was then upset about the recount result as well declaring: "Let the people judge for themselves. People saw what happened.

"We have seen worse judgments in the past where judges manipulated results.

"Nothing surprises me now."

Horn, though, felt vindicated over the recount.

"It gives me evidence behind me that I can just use now. Instead of saying I think I won the fight, now a heap of other people, professionally, think I won the fight," Horn said.

"It's definitely nice to have it finally put on paper.

"I thought I'd won the fight on the day and I think Pacquiao thought it as well. Now just to have it clear in front of us is good."

News Corp Australia

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