It's the first time since 2005 that a Pacquiao fight will not be aired on pay-per-view. That was one of the two fights he's had the other was a points win over Tim Brady in April of previous year since he lost the 2015 mega fight to Mayweather.
Pacquiao likely wants another crack at Mayweather before it's all said and done, and he's the heavy favorite against Horn.
Given that his goal is to land another big-money fight in the USA, preferably a rematch with Mayweather, a victory decided by the judges won't cut it for Pacquiao. The 38-year old went 2-0 in 2016, decisively defeating Timothy Bradley Jr., followed by a win over Jessie Vargas where Pacquiao reclaimed the WBO welterweight title that he lost to Mayweather. A points win for Pacquiao is most expected, especially given the fact that he hasn't scored a knockout since 2009.
"I think two or three rounds", Roach curtly replied, "because I expect him (Horn) to come out aggressively and I expect Manny to explode right away".
An impressive victory, one better than a unanimous decision, will also spark talks of a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who's coming out of retirement to fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor in a freak boxing match in August.
Most people believe the fight will be an easy one for Pacquiao since he will be facing a challenger who has no experience standing on a stage of this magnitude. "I know how it feels", said Pacquiao.
Experience, "is my advantage", Pacquiao said.
The former Australian school teacher weigh in at 66.3 kilograms while WBO welterweight champion Pacquiao successfully weighed in at 66.1kg at Saturday in front of media in Brisbane.
Jeff Horn will be ready to adapt to whatever happens in Sunday's "Battle of Brisbane", trainer Glenn Rushton says.
"Anyone can get lucky in a fight", he said.
"Game face is on". In the United Kingdom the fight is set to be aired by BoxNation which is non-Pay-Per-View (non-PPV).Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, "The Mexecutioner" a mark he earned following a series of defeats on formidable Mexican champions in the in the last decade, seems to be coming into this fight with overconfidence that he will win this match by all means.