Pacquiao vs. Thurman Fight 'Will Not Go 12 Rounds,' Pacman Says

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

Pacquiao later said a shoulder injury had hampered his performance during the 12-round defeat, while Mayweather headed into retirement later that year with an unblemished record. "This still is the most exciting fight of the year and It doesn't matter who it is whether Keith Thurman fights Manny Pacquiao, or Keith Thurman fights Errol Spence, or Keith Thurman fights Bud Crawford, I think Keith Thurman is the new Manny Pacquiao". Undefeated Keith Thurman and eight- division world champion Senator Manny Pacquiao will both put their WBA Welterweight World Championship titles on line and will battle out who is the best amongst their division.

Here Pacquiao is seen with his longtime trainer Freddie Roach. "The left hook does seem to have taken over in that last fight and I just don't think he's as much as he was that one time". Manny's shoulder didn't help at all. "He will come well prepared because he will not be fighting with (Josesito) López, he will be fighting with Manny Pacquiao, so I hope he has worked hard and reached 100 percent". We picked this fight against Thurman because we believed we could give great action to the fans and I know I'll be ready to deliver on my end.

"I always try to push myself and punish myself in training".

"Boxing is about throwing punches, not who has the bigger body". They didn't know who Keith Thurman was, but I was trying to let the world know that Keith Thurman belongs at the top and now the world is finally understanding why.

Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), working with longtime trainer Dan Birmingham at the St. Petersburg Boxing Club in Florida, was just as confident as the Pacman.

"My prediction? Less than six rounds".

"I am not predicting a knockout". We've got 22 and we've held those 22 knockouts for a little too long.

The 30-year-old earned the nickname "One Time" for his prodigious punching power, which brought 18 wins inside the distance from his first 19 victories.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to destroy a legend and create my own legacy", Thurman said on a conference call.

"I like Pacquiao in the later rounds because that's where he usually excels".

"This is going to be an interesting fight, I have not so focused for a fight like I am right now, his words even made my mother angry, that's why I'm motivated and focused".

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