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Pacquiao tapering training for Horn

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By: Roy Luarca - Editor / @RLuarcaINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer

Photo: Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

This early, Manny Pacquiao is ready to wage war against Jeff Horn.

Though the World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout is set on July 2 yet, Pacquiao’s training team led by Freddie Roach has declared him fit to fight the Australian at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Fact is, Roach decided to move Pacquiao’s tapering phase a few days earlier so as to prevent the eight-division world champion from over-training.

From 12 rounds of sparring last Thursday, Pacquiao’s practice session against three spar mates was cut to just ten rounds, according to training assistant Roger Fernandez, Sunday.

And, starting Monday, the training and sparring at Pacman Gym in General Santos City will gradually become shorter and lighter.

According to Fernandez and fellow training assistant Jonathan Peñalosa, a former World Boxing Council international flyweight champion, Pacquiao showed impressive form last Saturday, particularly against Mexican Adrian Young, who bore the brunt of the Fighting Senator’s speed and power.

Pacquiao caught Young, who holds a 23-win, 3-loss,

2-draw record with 18 knockouts, with an uppercut to the chin that made the Mexican prospect groggy in the second round.

Only the ropes prevented Young from going down, and, of course, Pacquiao did not unleash follow up blows.

The same thing happened in the fourth round, Peñalosa narrated, making Roach, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune happy.

Peñalosa said Pacquiao is 99 percent ready and is primed for a knockout if he catches Horn early in the 12-round bout.

For his part, Roger Fernandez said Pacquiao can tangle with Horn as early as Monday.



Pacquiao to defend title against ‘The Hornet’

By Truth Esguerra, Correspondent

Filipino Boxing Legend Manny"Pacman" Pacquiao has signed on to fight undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender Jeff "The Hornet" Horn and defend his WBO welterweight title on July 1 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
"Manny has been a pioneer, bringing world title fights to Cowboys Stadium, The Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena and now Suncorp Stadium. We're boxing's version of Lewis & Clark, discovering new markets," said Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum. " Manny knows who will be the crowd favorite on July 1, but he can't wait to give Australia and the world a great performance. It's going to be unbelievable event."
Pacquiao, who has not fought since defeating World Champion Jessie Vargas last November in Las Vegas, was rumored to fight Amir Khan this April but the fight failed to come into fruition.
The 38-year-old Filipino boxing icon will be facing the 29-year-old Horn, who will be fighting Pacquiao for his first World Championship bout.
Pacquiao will remain the heavy favorite in this fight despite fighting in Horn's hometown.
The Brisbane native will be entering the bout having won his last three fights, all in 2016, against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey inside the distance. They had a combined record of 105-14-4 when he fought them.
Horn is currently on a 13 fight win-streak and is currently ranked the best Pound-for-Pound boxer in Australia.
At one point in his young career,Horn unified the WBO, WBA, and IBF regional championship belts.
The Australian boxing contender has a record of 16 wins (11 KOs), and 1 draw.
Pacquiao has a record of 59 wins (38KOs), 6 losses (3 KOs), and 2 draws.
The battle between Pacquiao and Hornwill be promoted by Top Rank and Duco Events.
"The Battle of Brisbane" is expected to attract 55,000 fans and a record pay-per-view audience inAustralia. It will also be seen streamed live in the US.

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