Boxer Manny Pacquiao leaves Worship Centre Christian Church in Carina on Sunday morning.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao leaves Worship Centre Christian Church in Carina on Sunday morning. ROBERT SHAKESPEARE

Church visit for Manny ahead of Horn battle

BOXING: He wasn't looking for divine intervention but Manny Pacquiao has attended a church service in Brisbane ahead of next Sunday's WBO world welterweight title fight with Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium.

The 11-time world champion is a devout Christian and he and some of his 160-strong entourage went to a service Sunday morning the day after flying into the city.

"This (religion) is my main priority, more than anything," Pacquiao said.

"Sunday is a worship day, a day for giving time to the Lord and giving thanks for all the blessings that he gives to us."

The 38-year-old said he would have a light training session on Monday morning as he continued his preparation to fight the unbeaten Horn on home turf in front of a crowd expected to be in the region of 55,000.

Asked if he thought he could knock his opponent out, Pacquaio said: "A knockout is a bonus."

Pacquiao said he was looking forward to what should be a parochial home crowd.

"I'm so thankful for this great opportunity to be here in Australia and fight here, and the warm welcome of the people here," he said.

"I think this is one of the biggest crowds that I'm going to fight to.

"I love the fans shouting and cheering for me, or for my opponent. I like that, it's exciting."

Pacquiao said he had identified Horn's right hand as a dangerous weapon and would not be taking the former school teacher lightly in the so-called Battle of Britain.

"I consider him a tough opponent," he said.

"I never underestimate my opponent. He's undefeated, he's young. I like aggressive fighters."

 

News Corp Australia


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