Keith Thurman Says People Don’t See The Sacrifices He Makes For Career
Keith Thurman says he still got it.
Thurman, 33, is set to face Mario Barrios, 26, on February 5 on Fox pay-per-view in Las Vegas. Thurman hasn’t fought since his 2019 split-decision loss to 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao, which leaves some fans wondering about his ability to take on Barrios.
“But more than the hunger of who Keith Thurman was in his early 20s to who I am today, I love boxing. I fight with a passion. Every time I’m in the ring, I’m living my dream, and that’s what I remind myself,” Thurman told Fight Hub TV.
“So, I don’t worry about outside perspective on who Keith Thurman is.”
Thurman held the WBA interim world title from July 2013 to December 2014. He upgraded his belt to the WBA super world welterweight title after defeating Danny Garcia via split decision.
Then, in 2019, Thurman was unable to overcome future Hall of Famer Pacquiao.
Meanwhile, Barrios, who also has only one blemish on his record, suffered his first pro career loss to Gervonta Davis in June, simultaneously losing his WBA world super lightweight title.
Despite a near three-year layoff, Thurman said he’s ready to continue.
“A lot of people don’t come to the St. Pete Boxing gym, and a lot of people don’t see the sweat and the drip-drip and the weight draining and dieting and everything that I sacrifice for my career,” Thurman added.