BRISBANE, Australia – Jeff Horn continued to put the pressure on Manny Pacquiao as he criticized once more the reigning champion from the Philippines for his supposed utter lack of interest with the way he acted up during the final presser for their world title fight on Sunday.
Horn, a former school teacher, found his public workout session at the city’s Redacliff Place as the perfect avenue to fault Pacquiao for constantly texting and teetering with his gadget while Wednesday afternoon’s press conference at the Suncorp Stadium was ongoing.
The act, according to the challenger, was an obvious affront to his team, adding he’ll have Pacquiao discipline if such incident happened inside a classroom.
“He’ll definitely be in trouble in my class if he’s doing that,” said Horn as he stands at the center of a makeshift ring constructed right at the heart of Brisbane’s Central Business District, his statement getting a warm applause from the more than a hundred people in attendance on a cool Thursday afternoon here.
“It’s a bit disrespectful not just to me but everyone who was there and watching. Many sees Manny Pacquiao and he’s shown all that he’s not interested on what’s going on,” he added. “Maybe it’s him taking us lightly, or I don’t know.”
The 38-year-old Pacquiao, who stakes his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt three days from now, has already cleared the air by saying he was not texting anyone.
“I am working on my speech, who to thank, the government, but I didn’t get a chance to relay the message,” said the Filipino senator and only eight-time world division champion.
But his actions obviously got the ire of Horn’s camp that Duco Events’ Dean Lonergan, who promotes the Brisbane native, called the attention of the Pacman and labeled him as a ‘world champion texter’ during the press conference.
Be that as it may, Horn, wearing his signature and colorful ‘Hornets’ workout shirt during the training session, is only motivated even more to go for a win – either by knockout or decision.
“I don’t want to say I’m gonna knock him out or anything,” he said. “But I think I’m gonna win this fight.”