Celebrity News: Pacquiao, 11-time world champion, defends his WBO welterweight title on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium where he is the big favorite to get the 60th victory of his career.
Manny Pacquiao maintained a discreet profile, apparently by recommendation of the local police, reason why its rival Jeff Horn had to be in charge of animating an outdoor training in the center of Brisbane.
On a previous visit to promote the so-called “Battle of Brisbane”, Pacquiao was overwhelmed by a crowd of fans who came to an impromptu public event.
It was so that the organizers of the fight accepted the recommendation of the Queensland state police and gave the Philippine senator a rest day on Thursday, not included in the promotional activities. Horno did appear at noon for a light practice in a shed that rose near the shopping center of Queens Street.
“For security reasons, Manny could not be here,” said Duco Events director Dean Lonergan said. “We accept the advice of the Queensland police.”
Horn’s promoters have accused the Pacquiao side of taking the fight lightly, reproaching the 38-year-old Filipino for prematurely talking about a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather and disrespecting a press conference by activating his phone to send messages of text.
However, the Pacquiao side was responsible for posting his message Wednesday when coach Freddie Roach predicted that the fight would be “very brief”, defined by the fast track.
The last of Pacquiao’s 38 knockout wins (59-6-2) was in 2009, but he has assured that he has completed his best preparation in the year for this fight. He has knocked down several in his sparrings, according to Roach.
But Pacquiao is accustomed to all the noise in the ante-quarters of the fights and maintains that there is something that he likes more than to face a rival in his own patio and in a crowded scene.
Horn has 10 wins against rivals ranked among the top 15 in the ranking and has 11 knockouts in his 16-0-1 record. But none of those opponents come close to the caliber of Pacquiao. Anyway, when asked if he had the punch to knock down Pacquiao, Horn did not hesitate.
“Of course,” he replied. “If I manage to beat Manny Pacquiao, he’ll end up sleeping.”