The Pacman is battling unheralded Australian Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane and to hear him talk, you’d think he’ll be the one challenging the champ, not the other way around.
The only eight-division world champion flew to Brisbane of the weekend to meet with Horn and start promoting the title fight down under.
In Brisbane, Pacquiao declared he wants to show he is “not done yet” when he defends his world title against Australia’s Horn in Brisbane in July.
The fighting senator his fight with undefeated Horn was an opportunity to prove he could continue to be a global force at the age of 38 as he juggles boxing with a full-time job as Philippine senator.
“I (want) to defend my crown and prove that I’m still there in boxing, despite of my ambitions in office as a senator,” he said in Brisbane.
“I’m still handling my boxing career. I’m still there. I’m not done yet in boxing,” he added.
“What do you mean Horn would be easy picking? He’s young, yes, but he has a perfect, no-loss record in his resume,” Pacquiao told a few sportswriters in Tagalog in a brief interview when chanced upon during a game between his Team Mahindra and San Miguel Beer in the on-going A Commissioner’s Cup last Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
“You and I know that in boxing, anybody who won 16 of his 17 fights so far, 11 of them by KOs, is, certainly not a lemon, the reigning World Boxing Organization crown-holder stressed. “I still need to prepare and prepare hard for the fight.”
Asked for comment on statements attributed to Horn’s camp that he (Pacquiao) has already had his days, the three-time ‘Fighter of the Year’ honoree of the Boxing Writers Association of America retorted: “If that will make them happy, so be it.”
“I have been in boxing for more than two decades and I always welcome those statements and comments because, for one, they sell tickets which is good for promotion so, many fans will be lured to see the fights,” the two-time congressman now senator said rather philosophically.
“I also welcome reports that he’s been training hard. That’s good news because it means he’ll be giving me a good fight. Meaning, too, that fans will enjoy the fight,” Pacquiao added.
“That’s exactly is what boxing is all about. That’s exactly is what professional sport is all about. To make people happy,” the father of five with Jinkee explained.
“As for me, rest assured that I will do the best I could do to prepare and give boxing fans what they expect of me,” Pacquiao vowed.
Pacquiao pointed out that, while boxing makes him what he is now, rich and famous, it is making people happy that makes him happier. That he has dedicated all his life in making people, especially the poor and downtrodden, happy and forget the problem confronting them.
“This also the reason why I am in the government service. To serve the people as a government servant. Being a boxer and a public servant is the only way I know to repay our people for the support they’ve been giving me all my life,” he said. (Eddie G. Alinea/Spin.ph/via PhilAmPress)