I'M NOT DONE: Manny Pacquiao says he still has a great love of boxing.
I'M NOT DONE: Manny Pacquiao says he still has a great love of boxing. DAN PELED

Manny says he's far from done with boxing

BOXING: Eleven-time world champion Manny Pacquiao says he plans to show the world he is not done with boxing when he defends his WBO welterweight crown against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane on July 2.

The 38-year-old Filipino is busy these days, with his full-time role as a senator his main focus.

But he told a news conference on arrival in Brisbane yesterday to promote the fight boxing was still his passion

"Despite my business in the office as a senator I am still handling my boxing career,” Pacquiao said.

"Boxing is my passion. I started when I was young. It's part of my life.”

Critics say Pacquiao has lost his edge. He hasn't knocked out an opponent since 2009.

In 2015 he collected $150 million when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in the richest fight in boxing history. He retired after beating Timothy Bradley in his next fight.

The retirement didn't last long. The lure of the ring was too strong for Pacquiao who has made more than $350 million in his career.

Pacquiao said he knew little about the 29-year-old former school teacher Horn.

"I want to defend my crown and to prove I am still there in boxing. I am not done yet in boxing,” he said.

But Pacquiao has a get-out-of-jail clause in his contract for the fight.

If the underdog wins, Horn has to give Pacquiao a rematch in Brisbane.

"I want to defend my crown and to prove I am still there in boxing. I am not done yet in boxing,” he said.

Initially Pacquiao's camp was reluctant to fight the unbeaten Horn, preferring to set up a mega-dollar deal with former champion Amir Khan in the Middle East that fell through.

Now the Filipino's team say they want to use the Horn bout as a quick kill to "say hi to the Australian fans” before heading off and preparing for another shot at Khan.

Asked if he was as good as ever, Pacquiao said: "Yeah. It depends on how you discipline yourself, how you train and prepare yourself. It's a matter of discipline.”

Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) gave Horn (16-0-1 record, 11 KOs) some advice for the fight.

"My concern right now is how to entertain the people,” he said.

"I know a lot of people will be watching this fight.”

"Work hard, show you are in 100% condition on July 2 so we can entertain the people.”



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