Manny Pacquiao should retire if Jeff Horn prevails, says Freddie Roach

Manny Pacquiaos trainer Freddie Roach says he will tell his famed charge to withdraw if he loses to Jeff Horn in Sundays world title fight in Brisbane

Manny Pacquiaos trainer Freddie Roach says he will encourage his far-famed charge to retire if he loses to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn in Sundays world title fight in Brisbane.

Roach said the 11 -time world champion had hoped to raise his chart with this weekends WBO welterweight entitlement contest in a bid to earn a re-match with Floyd Mayweather.

But Roach who has qualified 49 world champions said the Filipino great would even weigh walking away from the play if he didnt predominate the undefeated Horn.

Asked what he would do if Horn won, Roach said: Depending on how “hes losing” but I would probably encourage him to withdraw. We have to win this fight. It is a key fight for us.

We need to look good in this struggle to get the bigger names interested. I expect Mannys good in this struggle. I am looking for a big win here. We want to go on to bigger and better things.

The pinnacle would be another shot at Mayweather after the American developed triumphant in 2015 s so called Fight of the Century.

Jeff could thwart us really badly. Manny is in a must win situation, he wants a rematch with Mayweather, Roach said. And with Mayweather you have to look good against an opponent, “youve got to be” impressive.

If Manny acquires and strifes we might have to think about announcing it a day. We are getting close to the end I know. If he contends in this struggle it could be over.

Pacquiao expends much of his time as a prominent Philippines senator and briefly retreat from boxing last year.

But Roach warned the Filipino veteran had shown signs of the age-old Manny in Brisbane, knocking out two sparring partners the first time Pacquiao had done that while training for a title oppose in six years.

Pacquiao( 59 -6- 2, 38 knockouts) is an overwhelming favourite against Horn( 16 -0- 1 record, 11 knockouts) despite not stopping an opponent since his 12 th round TKO of Miguel Cotto in 2009.

I have been waiting for a knockout for a very long time now, Roach tittered. But he has shown signs of the old-time Manny at training.

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