Former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is out to prove once again that his experience will prevail in his unification bout opposite Keith Thurman.
“Youth vs Experience” will be the theme of the welterweight matchup between Pacquiao and Thurman this Saturday in Las Vegas.
Last January, Pacquiao showed the boxing world that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank after overwhelming Adrien Broner in an all-out war.
At 40 years old, the Filipino champ stamped his class and dominated his American challenger in twelve rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory and to retain his WBA welterweight belt he captured in July.
The ringside judges scored 116-112, 117-111, and 116-112 all in favour of the Filipino athlete.
After the win, Pacquiao’s boxing record improved to 61-7-2.
“Most fighters would have quit if they lived through what Manny lived through. Manny just keeps going.”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 16, 2019
Aiming to stretch his winning streak to three, the Filipino boxing champion said he had the best training camp for this fight in a bid to beat another younger opponent.
Pacquiao said he will bring Thurman to school as he aims to be his teacher on Saturday night.
“Keith Thurman has it easy. His only job is to train for this fight. I have three jobs. I am a fighter. I am a public servant.”
“And on Saturday, I am going to be Keith Thurman’s teacher.”
Amid Thurman’s trash-talking stunt, the 40-year old boxer said he will stop Thurman’s plans of sending him to retirement.
“I have heard everything he has said about me. I have heard everything he has said he will do to me in the fight. Those things he says about me do not make me angry. They inspire me.”
“This has been the best training camp I have had in years. Keith Thurman thinks he is going to retire me. I am not ready to look back.”
“I am still looking forward. Keith Thurman is going to be very surprised by what he sees from me in the ring. He is going to leave the ring a very disappointed fighter.”
“The more Thurman talks, the more it will help me. His words are motivating me & encouraging me to work even harder day after day. He’ll talk differently once he’s in the ring with me.” — 8️⃣❌ Champ @MannyPacquiao, at media workout in LA.#PacThurman🥊ℹ️: https://t.co/RZ2n3xjBEn pic.twitter.com/Woi32cN0oo
— PBC (@premierboxing) July 10, 2019
Game Over For Pacquiao?
Meanwhile, Thurman appeared on Tuesday’s press conference wearing a shirt that says “Game Over” – a message for Pacquiao.
“Of course, this is meant for Manny Pacquiao,” said Thurman, who said he is a “diverse and complete fighter.”
Thurman’s most recent win was against Josesito Lopez, but before this fight, he was sidelined for almost two years to recover from injuries.
“Inactivity wasn’t a blessing.”
“It wasn’t a downfall either. But it kept me out of the limelight, too. Right now, I’m living one of the most positive moments of my career.”
“All athletes get injured and battle to come back. Baseball, football. It’s part of it. Tiger Woods, look at what happened to him.”
“He was out, he was gone and everybody wondered if he’d come back. He did. But this ain’t golf.”
“I’m healthy, healthy enough to whip some.”
— MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) July 18, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman)