"I guess I'm a real competitor. If he decides to engage me in a brawl, then there might be a knockout", said Pacquiao, who resumed training after resting for a day following his arrival in Brisbane in a chartered flight last weekend from his hometown of General Santos City, Philippines. I've trained hard for this fight. Manny is, I think, in a must-win situation.
Pacquiao fans should be anxious a little bit as the Filipino had not scored a knockout win since he defeated Miguel Cotto way back in 2009 while Horn has won 11 of his 17 bouts via a knockout.
Pacquiao lost the 2015 mega fight to Mayweather but has rebounded to beat Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas on points since then. "But to be in a stadium like Suncorp, the Cauldron, who knows".
"I said "do you want to talk about Manny or anything like that?', and he said "no, I just wanted to see the gym".
"We don't want to underestimate Horn thinking about another fight, this fight is not done yet".
Pacquiao, meanwhile, will be entering his 68th fight in 16 years as a professional boxer. He sat in the capacity crowd for a recent rugby league match to get a feel for what it could be like.
His most risky technique will be to slip underneath Horn's left jab, then from a crouch position take a little jump to Horn's left, then a little step to the right and try to nail Horn with a right hook and the booming straight left cross that has been the big knockout weapon throughout his career. "I'm a Queenslander. Born in Brisbane".
"If Manny steps on his foot and slips over a little bit and makes a mistake like that, he'll have Marquez all over again", said Roach.
"Possibly, yeah", the bespectacled trainer replied when asked if Pacquiao might again pull off a rope-a-dope against Horn, just like he did nearly eight years ago when he fought Miguel Cotto. All things that I'd go to are at Suncorp Stadium all the massive events.
"But I'm also a teacher in the ring", added the Filipino boxing great, bringing the house down with his reply. "We can get the job done if I can follow it".