Pacquiao Looking To “Teach” Thurman In Las Vegas
As a world champion boxer and as a Senator in his native Philippines, Manny Pacquiao has a lot of jobs. On Saturday July 20th in Las Vegas, the 40-year-old Pacquiao looks to add more more job against WBA “super” welterweight champion, Keith Thurman.
“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,” Pacquiao said prior to fight week.
“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.”
“Thurman may be ten years younger but Manny still has extraordinary talent and an era’s worth of experience against Hall of Fame opposition,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach told reporters.
“The betting action on this fight reflects that. I have done a lot of interviews. All the media seem to be picking Thurman to win. They consider this a battle between Generation X and Generation Geritol. But we’re talking about Manny Pacquiao. He pushed himself to the limit in this training camp. Youth will be served a big slice of humble pie on Saturday night.”
Quotes Via Boxing Scene