Pacquiao silent, Horn says he has his game face on

BRISBANE • Australian challenger Jeff Horn weighed in slightly heavier than Filipino great Manny Pacquiao yesterday, ahead of their World Boxing Organisation welterweight title fight today in Brisbane.

Pacquiao tipped the scales at 66.1kg and Horn came in at 66.3kg at the official weigh-in.

Unbeaten Horn, a former schoolteacher, said he was ready for the biggest moment of his boxing life.

"Game face is on. School's out," he said. "I'm nice and relaxed. I'll probably still maintain my relaxed state until fight day but I'm really looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and getting the job done."

Pacquiao, 38, an eight-weight world champion and one of the greatest fighters of his generation, made no comments and quickly left the weigh-in ceremony.

"It's never easy to lose that much weight," Horn said.

"I'm going to feel a lot better very soon."

Trainer Glenn Rushton said Horn looked superb in his final training session on Friday. "He was brilliant, he was just like I want him to be. He was toey, he was just electric," Rushton said. "I know when he's hitting the pads there's just extra pop there in his punches. I just felt the hunger. That's what I look for."

The Pacquiao camp is anticipating a "short and sweet" win over Horn, a 2012 Australian Olympian.

The Pacquiao team has spoken of setting up another showdown with the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, who outpointed the Filipino in the "Fight of the Century" two years ago.

"We're chasing a rematch with Floyd Mayweather and we know he (Pacquiao) has to score a spectacular knockout win over Jeff Horn if that's going to happen," Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said. "I'm looking for a big win in Brisbane so we can go on to bigger and better things.

"I've been looking for a big knockout from him for a long time now and I think you're going to see it in this fight."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 02, 2017, with the headline 'Pacquiao silent, Horn says he has his game face on'. Print Edition | Subscribe