Despite Loss, Thurman Still Living The Dream
Keith Thurman says anyone writing him off after his first career loss may miss all he gained in his battle against Manny Pacquiao.
Thurman and Pacquiao faced off in the main event of a Fox Sports Pay-Per-View in July, and despite the loss
The former welterweight titlist suffered the first loss of his career in a close but clear decision to legendary Manny Pacquiao this past July in Las Vegas, Nev. The event was a commercial success, rating as the best-selling pay-view event of 2019.
“At the end of the day, it was and still the biggest fight of my career and on the biggest platform,” Thurman (29-1, 22KOs) pointed out while reflecting back during a recent installment of Inside PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) Boxing. “We fought a legend and I lost to a legend. I’ve always said I’m not afraid to lose my ‘0.’
“Keith Thurman is still living the dream every time he steps into the ring.”
“The fight was a tremendous fight. The camp was grueling,” Thurman recalled of only his second fight in the past two years. “Right after the fight, we spent a few extra days in Vegas. I saw my grandparents out in Ohio. I spent them time over there and now I’m back on the West Coast.
“This whole month has been a digesting process, you know,” Thurman admitted. “I mean, truthfully, I didn’t feel like I lost in the moment. Two judges saw Manny Pacquiao win. With millions of people watching, there’s only three people who matter and those are the judges. They saw it for Manny Pacquiao. I just have to learn from the experience. It’s not like I wasn’t in the fight.
“I just have to sit back, reflect and come back strong. I’m young. I still have a lot to give to the sport. Even though I lost, I gained so much. The Filipino fans, they have so much respect. Just any boxing fan—I have fans that hated me, now they support Keith Thurman. I’m proud of that.”
Transcribed by Boxing Scene