SPORTS

Pacquiao Ready For Title Fight Against Horn

Manny Pacquiao said that he has trained hard and is ready to defend his WBO welterweight boxing belt against former schoolteacher and rank outsider Jeff Horn in Brisbane.

The 38-year-old Filipino, who is seeking a dominant win over horn to try to coax Floyd Mayweather Jr into a re-match, said his trainers Freddie roach and Justin fortune have had to stop him from working too hard in the gym as he prepares for the fight against his Australian opponent.

Pacquiao was defeated by American Mayweather in an unanimous points decision in Las Vegas in 2015.

Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with an unbeaten record of 49-0, has agreed to come out of retirement for a 12-round fight against mixed martial arts champion Conor Mcgregor.

The 'Battle of Brisbane' at Lang park, a 55,000-seat venue, is the biggest fight in decades 'Down Under', throwing Pacquiao's unheralded opponent horn into a huge spotlight.