Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, has voiced concerns over the performances Manny Pacquiao is offering during training in the build up to his WBO Welterweight World Title fight with Australia’s Jeff Horn.
Pacquaio and Horn are set to square off at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia on July 1st in front of a capacity crowd of 55,000.
Before signing a deal with Horn, Pacquiao and his advisor, Micheal Koncz, attempted to secure a fight with Amir Khan — favouring the British star over Horn.
When the Khan deal eventually fell through, Horn was the only financially viable option for Pacquiao given the time restraints imposed on him by his Senate duties in the Philippines.
While Pacquiao is certainly the bookmakers favourite, his trainer Freddie Roach has cast doubts on Pacquaio’s fitness, stating that he is not pleased with what he has seen thus far in training.
“We are far behind. Those five rounds of sparring were the worst I have seen him spar,” Roach told the Manila Times. “Overall, the second day of sparring was not great I didn’t expect him to be good. But I think he’s getting there.”
“Manny has not done any knockout for a long time. He got to show here in the sparring that he wants to knock him down. So I don’t know, I cannot predict that anymore.”