BOXING: Freddie Roach says Sunday's WBO world welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn will be an explosive battle which won't go the distance.

Roach, who as well as the Filipino superstar has trained Mike Tyson, Miguel Cotto, Bernard Hopkins, Steve Collins and Oscar De La Hoya among others in a distinguished training career, warned Pacquiao would fight fire with fire if Brisbane's Horn took the attack to his fighter at Suncorp Stadium.

"It could be a great, short fight," Roach said.

"If Horn comes out aggressive he's gonna take some shots and Pacquiao is a good puncher.

"Horn's a big, strong kid.


"I don't how great a puncher he really is yet but his last three opponents (who Horn knocked out) would say he can punch."

Roach said while Pacquiao was looking to the future and a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather JNR, that didn't mean they were taking the Australian lightly.

"One punch can change anything," he said.

"Could Horn pull it off? Sure. That's why we are here.

"That's why 50,000 people are interested in seeing what happens.

"A lot of the fans are here to see Manny, of course, the thing is the home town boy is here too.

"If he does well it will be really good for him.

"If he comes out aggressive and fights Manny like that it will make it one helluva fight because that what's we like.

"Manny's an entertainer for sure. He knows how to entertain people. He wants to make people happy and he knows what they like."

Roach had a word of warning for Horn ahead of Saturday's weigh-in.

The Australian is expected to be at least 4.5kg heavier than his opponent come fight time but Roach said trying to make the weight could also work against Horn.

"I know he's a big strong kid," he said.

"But I know he has struggled in the past to get the weight and that could be his downfall.

"Going up and down in weight in that short period of time is no good for any athlete."


Roach said this fight was a must-win for 38-year-old Pacquiao if he wanted to get back in the ring with the likes of Mayweather.

He said he and the Pacquiao camp might even think of retirement should Horn shock him and win on Sunday.

"We will have to see how the fight goes," Roach said.

"If he gets knocked out, or fights badly, it might be something we have to consider calling it a day.

"When he got knocked out cold by (Juan) Marquez we had to consider that also.

"We have had every test in the world to make sure he's Okay.

"He's at a fragile part of his career right now.

"The end's near, yes. His work ethic is still great but anything can happen in the fight."

News Corp Australia

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