Roach: Manny’s Speed The Key Against Thurman
While Keith Thurman may be younger than his July 20th opponent, trainer Freddie Roach feels that Manny Pacquiao’s activity will be the key to defeating the WBA welterweight champion.
Roach, who recently rejoined Pacquiao’s team prior to Pacquiao’s unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner in January, feels that Thurman’s two-year layoff has affected the champion.
“Thurman is a big, strong guy but his last two fights he hasn’t looked as good as he once was. But I won’t underestimate him and I’ll expect him [to] come with his best because he’s fighting one of the best. I’ve been watching all his best fights for weaknesses. We do have a tough fight in front of us. It’s a winnable fight but Pacquiao’s speed should be too much for him,” Roach told Sporting News.
Thurman, who unified the WBA and WBC titles against Danny Garcia in 2017, has been out since that win due to a variety of injuries, returning earlier this year taking a majority decision win over Joseito Lopez.
“All Manny has to do is pretty much let his hands go a little bit more. I was very happy with him in his last fight, It was the most offensive I’ve seen him in a long, long time. It’s been a while since he’s fought like that, like back in the Ricky Hatton days.”
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