• Manny Pacquiao hopes to prove he is still a force in boxing when he faces Australia's Jeff Horn. (AAP)
Manny Pacquiao says he wants to show he is not done yet with boxing in his July 2 WBO welterweight world title fight with Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane.
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24 Apr - 4:40 PM 

The message to unheralded rival Jeff Horn was simple from Manny Pacquiao ahead of their July 2 world title fight in Brisbane - get ready because I'm not done with yet.

After jetting into Brisbane for a national promotional tour, the 11-time world champion admitted he knew little of local hope Horn and had never seen the ex-school teacher fight.

However, the 38-year-old warned the London Olympian that he saw their WBO welterweight title fight as an ideal chance to remind world boxing he was not a spent force.

Pacquiao spends much of his time as a prominent Philippines senator and briefly retired from boxing last year.

But the Filipino veteran believed he was "as good as ever" and wanted to show the world in what is being billed as the biggest fight on Australian soil.

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

"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."

Pacquiao's camp was initially reluctant to fight the little known Horn, preferring to set up a mega-dollar deal with ex-champion Amir Khan in the Middle East which fell through.

Pacquiao admitted he knew little of the undefeated Australian but warned him to be ready on July 2.

Asked if he had a message for Horn, Pacquiao said: "Work hard, show you are in 100 per cent condition on July 2 so we can entertain the people.

"I don't know much about him but I know he's a fighter.

"I haven't watched his fights yet but I will sit down and get his last three fights and watch it."

Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is an overwhelming favourite against Horn (16-0-1 record, 11 knockouts) but is believed to have already organised a Brisbane re-match clause in case of a boilover.

"I am not talking about that just yet," Pacquiao said about the re-match clause.

"My concern right now is how to entertain the people."

Pacquiao came out of a seven-month retirement to defeat Jessie Vargas and claim the WBO title last November.

However, a question mark remains over Pacquiao's potency.

He hasn't stopped an opponent since his 12th round TKO of Miguel Cotto in 2009.

Pacquiao baulked when asked if he could knock Horn out.

"I am not going to predict the fight but I will do my best for the fans," he said.

"I am very excited to fight here, not in the (United) States - this is new."

Local hero Horn is given a chance against Pacquiao in front of what is expected to be a parochial 55,000-strong Suncorp Stadium crowd.

Not that Pacquiao seemed fazed.

"It's good for him. A lot of people are going to cheer for him - that's what I want, I love that," he smiled.