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Roach sees shades of Hatton in Horn

BRISBANE, Australia – Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach sees an uncanny similarity between Jeff Horn and British bad boy Ricky Hatton heading into the final hours leading up to Manny Pacquiao’s first defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown at Suncorp Stadium.

“If this guy is as aggressive as they say he is, Manny will knock him out like what Manny did to Hatton,” said Roach on Saturday at the lobby of the Sofitel Brisbane CBD, the official residence of Pacquiao and the Top Rank team led by Bob Arum.

A one-punch knockout?

“Yeah, just like what happened to Hatton,” said Roach with conviction.

But as soon as Horn gets a taste of Pacquiao’s furious fists, the moment he and almost everyone are looking forward to seeing might not even take place.

“If that happens, Roach is certain that Horn, younger by almost ten years at 29, would ride his bike “and go the other way.”

A stoppage victory Sunday by Pacquiao will put an end to nine years of futility.

The last time Pacquiao came close to winning by knockout was against Chris Algieri of the US in November 2014 in Macau where he scored a total of six knockdowns en route to a lopsided decision win.

Last year, Pacquiao faced Tim Bradley for the third time and scored two knockdowns on his way to a clear-cut points victory.

The jump in weight has made it hard for Pacquiao, who began his career as a light-flyweight (108 lbs) in 1995, to score a knockout as he has been pitted against naturally bigger men.