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Manny Pacquiao: ‘I am not done yet in boxing’

Is anyone questioning Pacquiao heading into his fight with Jeff Horn?

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Manny Pacquiao has a lot on his plate these days, and the 38-year-old Filipino Senator will be heading back into the ring on July 2, when he travels to Australia to face prospect Jeff Horn, with Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title on the line.

Pacquiao says the fight is about proving he’s “still there”:

"I want to defend my crown and prove I am still there in boxing -- I am not done yet in boxing. Despite my business in the office as a senator I am still handling my boxing career. Boxing is my passion. I started when I was young -- it's part of my life."

This is a fine quote and all that, but I don’t think anyone is questioning whether or not Pacquiao is “still there,” to be honest, and there’s nobody reasonable who is picking Horn (16-0-1, 11 KO) to beat Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO).

But to be fair, how else do you really promote this match to anyone but the people in Australia who will get a chance to see a local hero and former Olympian challenge an all-time great?

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