Jeff Horn accused Manny Pacquiao of not taking Sunday’s 'Battle of Brisbane' seriously after the Filipino boxer spent most of Wednesday's pre-fight press conference on his mobile phone.
Pacquiao looked disinterested as the official press conference played out at the Suncorp Stadium, rarely dragging his gaze away from his mobile.
His behaviour prompted Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan to label Pacquiao a “world champion texter” as well as a champion boxer.
“I’ve attended four press conferences with Manny, he never gets off his bloody phone,” Lonergan was quoted as saying.
“I hope you take the phone into the ring and she’ll be game over.”
While Pacquiao later claimed that he was preparing notes for the conference, his opponent Horn wasn’t buying it.
“I can’t imagine him doing that at a (Floyd) Mayweather press conference,” Horn said.
“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.”
Pacquaio, 38, is favourite to retain his WBO welterweight championship in Sunday's fight against the unbeaten Aussie.
“I don’t know if it’s arrogance; I’m just used to that now,” Horn said. “It gave me a laugh when Dean called him out on it, it was hilarious.
“His face… he didn’t know what to do.”
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddy Roach responded to the taunts by saying that no one was taking the fight lightly, and predicted a “short and sweet” fight.
“Someone will be knocked out,” Roach said.
“I’d like to wish Jeff the best of luck… Manny won’t need it.
“He’s a very good puncher, big strong kid. He’s fighting for the world title, the opportunity of a lifetime.
“I’m sure he’s going to bring it, we’re going to bring it also. This is one of the best training camps we’ve had.”
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) June 27, 2017
Horn said he was surprised to hear Roach talking of a KO, something Pacquiao has not managed in eight years.
“I was surprised to hear them say that, actually,” said the 29-year-old.
“If he’s looking for a knockout it always makes you vulnerable. “If you look for a knockout it usually doesn’t come and you leave lots of openings.