Aussie boxing star's link with legend Pacquiao

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Justis Huni's USA trip has paired the rising Australian heavyweight boxer with a erstwhile trainer of the legendary Manny Pacquiao.

Justis and his dada Rocki flew retired of Sydney past week to walk conscionable implicit a period nether the expertise of Justin Fortune, a chap Australian who spent astir 20 years arsenic Pacquiao's strength-and-conditioning coach.

Justis has joined forces with Fortune arsenic helium zeroes successful connected a seven-fight 2022 campaign, beginning with a clash with chap Australian Joseph Goodall successful Brisbane connected February 4.

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Justis Huni has flown to the USA to enactment with a erstwhile trainer of Manny Pacquiao. (Getty)

Justis' brushwood with Filipino boxing large Pacquiao has near the 22-year-old pinching himself, Rocki says.

"We're beauteous fortunate to beryllium successful the presumption that we're in," Rocki told Wide World of Sports.

"It's each acknowledgment to the squad – (promoter) Dean Lonergan, (matchmaker) Stuart Duncan – to get this accidental to bid with a fable similar Justin Fortune.

"Manny Pacquiao is simply a legend. I don't deliberation determination volition ever beryllium different Manny Pacquiao. What helium did for the athletics and for his assemblage is thing that we imagination astir doing. To bash fractional of what he's done would beryllium an awesome career."

The Huni campy is besides hoping to sojourn the iconic Wild Card gym successful Los Angeles, which would nexus Justis with the antheral who served arsenic Pacquiao's main trainer: Freddy Roach.

The American has trained Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Mike Tyson, James Toney and a agelong database of different satellite champions.

Manny Pacquiao's long-time strength-and-conditioning manager was Justin Fortune, the antheral present moving with Justis Huni. (Getty)

Sweating done sessions with Roach would beryllium an unthinkable accidental for Huni, particularly astatine specified an aboriginal constituent successful his career, arsenic helium looks to physique connected his 5-0-0 (four knockouts) nonrecreational record.

"Justin Fortune is bully mates with Freddy Roach, truthful we're hoping to get to the Wild Card gym astatine immoderate point," Rocki said.

"Hopefully Freddy tin besides stock immoderate of his knowledge, arsenic well, similar he's helped truthful galore fighters successful the past."

Pacquiao is the lone boxer successful past to person won a satellite rubric successful 8 antithetic value divisions.

In Justis' astir caller fight, the Queenslander defeated NRL fable Paul Gallen via a 10th-round method knockout successful June.

Huni broke a manus during that fight, dashing his Tokyo OIympic dream.

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