Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)
Days before their upcoming welterweight clash in Brisbane, it appears that reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has somehow found a way to get under challenger Jeff Horn’s skin.
True, it has never been Pacquiao’s style to agitate his opponents prior to a fight, and it still isn’t. Pacquiao never taunted or talked trash to Horn or his camp.
So what is it that has the Brisbane native annoyed?
It was the fact that during the post-fight presser, the Filipino boxing legend was caught spending most of his time looking at his mobile phone.
“I can’t imagine him doing that at a (Floyd) Mayweather press conference,” Horn said via an interview with Fox Sports Australia.
“It definitely shows a bit of ‘he doesn’t care’ attitude to the fight. Maybe we’ll see he hasn’t put in all the hard work they say he has.” Horn added.
Dean Lonergan, Horn’s promoter, went on to call Pacquiao a “world champion texter“,
“I’ve attended four press conferences with Manny, he never gets off his bloody phone,” Lonergan said.
“I hope you take the phone into the ring and she’ll be game over.”
Lonergan later clarified that he was ‘just having some fun’ with Pacquiao.
Jeff Horn Promoter Dean Lonergen on Manny texting during the press conference . “Having some fun with Manny . I know he likes to text’ pic.twitter.com/sPzk66MbF3
— DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) June 30, 2017
To his defense, Pacquiao clarified that he wasn’t texting, rather he was composing a ‘Thank You’ speech.
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