Manny Pacquiao visits Australia with the promotional tour ahead of his boxing encounter with Jeff Horn
Manny Pacquiao arrives to Brisbane, Australia / Pic: Facebook @ducoboxing

Manny Pacquiao is fighting Jeff Horn on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane

The boxing great out of Philippines Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) landed in Brisbane on Monday. He visits Australia with the promotional tour ahead of his WBO World welterweight title defense against Aussie Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11) on July 2 at Suncorp Stadium.

“I’m not going to predict the fight but I will do my best to entertain the fans. I’m very excited to fight here, I’ve fought a lot of fighters in the States. This is new, I’m excited. I can’t wait for the fight,” Manny Pacquiao told reporters in Brisbane Airport.

The most recent bout of “Pacman” was last November when he earned a unanimous decision against Jessie Vargas as well as claimed the title. The famed boxer also serves as a Senator in his homeland.

“I want to defend my crown and prove that I’m still there in boxing, despite of my ambitions in office as a senator, I’m still handling my boxing career. I’m still there. I’m not done yet in boxing. I started when I was young – it’s part of my life.”

Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn

Talking the fight the champion said that the fans are the key element that drives him forward. In addition, although not really knowing much about his next opponent, Pacquiao said that he is going to watch three of his latest bouts, as well as gave an advise to Horn to be ready for the battle.

“My message for him is to work hard and show you are 100 per cent conditioned on July 2 so we can give people a good fight. The fans motivate me to defend my belt. I’m looking forward to that.”

“That’s good for him [Horn] that there’s a lot of people to cheer for him. That’s what I want. I love that.”

“I don’t know much about him but I know he’s a fighter. I haven’t watched his fights yet but I’m going to get his last three fights and watch them.”

During the week Manny Pacquiao will also visit Sydney and Melbourne.

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Misagh Norouzi
Misagh Norouzi is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is training and fighting under the patronage of a prominent Thai master Top Sangmorakot. Norouzi is an author and reporter at FIGHTMAG. He covers local and national news.

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