Pacquiao says Horn fight will show he's not done yet
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Manny Pacquiao says his July 2 world title bout with Jeff Horn is his chance to tell the boxing world ''I'm not done yet.''
The 38-year-old Pacquiao, an 11-time champion across eight weight divisions and now a member of the Philippines senate, had intended the WBO world welterweight title fight in Brisbane with 29-year-old school teacher Horn to be a stepping stone to a more lucrative bout with former welterweight world champion Amir Khan. But Pacquiao now says the bout gives him a chance to let the boxing world know he's still at the top.
''I want to defend my crown and prove I am still there in boxing - I am not done yet in boxing,'' Pacquiao told a news conference in Brisbane on Monday. ''Despite my business in the office as a senator I am still handling my boxing career.
Boxing is my passion. I started when I was young - it's part of my life.''
Pacquiao, who has record 59-6-2, said he is still in shape and as good as ever.
''It depends on how you discipline yourself, how you train and prepare yourself,'' he said. ''It's a matter of discipline.''
Horn had his first professional fight in 2013 and is 16-0-1 with 11 by KO.