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Trainer Freddie Roach has set Manny Pacquiao a task. He must defeat Jeff Horn in style on July 2 and reinvigorate his pay-per-view audience to earn the rematch with Floyd Mayweather he wants.
Mayweather and Pacquiao broke pay-per-view numbers on fight night in 2015. After the fight Manny Pacquiao stated that he has injuries prior to the fight, which could have potentially been a reason why many claim that he did not fight as well as he should have. Mayweather also stated in 2015 that if the fans want to see a re-match they can. However Roach warned Pacquiao that Horn “can derail us really badly”.
Roach also said “Manny’s in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather. To get Mayweather he must look good against Jeff Horn. He has to look good, he has to be impressive,”.
He added to this by saying, “It’s the first time we’ve had two knockdowns in training camp [for a while], we haven’t had that in maybe six years. I’ve been waiting for that for a while now. So he’s a lot more explosive than usual and Manny at one time he was a real puncher and a gunner and so forth.”
However, Pacquiao has not focused much on the likelihood of fighting Floyd Mayweather a second time. Pacquiao said “If there’s a chance, why not? I’m willing but let’s focus first on this fight. We don’t want to underestimate Horn thinking about another fight. This fight is not done yet,”
He also said, “I just focused on this fight, not anything on future fights or future plans.”
Many boxing fans claim that Manny Pacquiao is not the fighter he once was due to his age, and therefore a second fight with Floyd Mayweather would not be as exciting. Others claim that a second fight between the two would see higher pay-per-view numbers than the first fight.