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Pacquiao going for KO vs Horn, says Roach

Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with Freddie Roach in this file photo.

MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach expects no less than a knockout win for Manny Pacquiao when the latter takes on Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.

In a report by Grantlee Kieza of The Courier-Mail, Roach said Pacquiao will work hard to score a long overdue knockout, something he hasn’t done in eight years.

“Manny hasn’t scored a knockout in a long time and it’s time that changed. He is working his ass off for this fight and we will be keeping the world title,” Roach explained.

Pacquiao’s last knockout victory came against Miguel Cotto in 2009, and many of his fans—most especially Roach—want that drought to end against the 29-year-old Horn.

Although a heavy favorite against the younger Horn—a licensed school teacher—Pacquiao, according to Roach, will be keeping his guard up.

“Manny doesn’t underestimate anyone. He knows upsets can happen in boxing and that Horn is a good puncher but we are prepared for anything,” added the multi-awarded trainer.

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“Horn is a strong guy, a counterpuncher but we’re coming up with a game plan to make sure that Manny Pacquiao flies home still with that world title belt in his possession.”

Horn, a native of Brisbane, will be enjoying a huge home crowd support at the 55,000-seat Suncorp Stadium where the fight will be held.

Roach, for his part, sees no problem with that, saying it will even motivate Pacquiao to fashion out an exciting performance.

“And he loves nothing more than entertaining big crowds. The bigger crowd the more he likes it. There might be 55,000 people in the stadium cheering for Horn but that will only encourage Manny to put on the best show he can,” Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman continued.

 “We’re going for the knockout.”

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