Spence: Thurman Beats Pacquiao
Fellow welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr believes that a better Keith Thurman will show up on July 20th to fight Manny Pacquiao, while he’s not sure what version of Pacquiao will walk into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“It just depends on which Pacquiao shows up and which Keith shows up, I think,” Spence said on the PBC Podcast.
“I think Keith will be a lot sharper than he was in his last fight. You know, he had a long layoff and he was just now coming back. And Keith is a lot tougher than a lot of people think he is. I mean, he took a lot of punches that last fight. Even with the Shawn Porter fight, he took a lot of punches, too. So, I mean, the dude, he’s tough. He might be a boxer, but he’s tough and he’s gritty.”
Looking at Pacquiao’s last fight, a unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner, Spence was not so sure Pacquiao is up for the challenge.
“I think [Thurman is] gonna win a split decision or he’s just gonna blow [Pacquiao] out,” Spence said.
“It just depends on which Pacquiao comes out and, you know, if he can turn the tables a little bit, and become the Pacquiao of back then, you know. [Then] I think he can win. But if it’s the Pacquiao that fought Broner, I think Keith might edge him and might out-point him, because Keith will get on his bicycle if need be and just move around, and just pot-shot him. So, I think Keith will edge it out.”
Transcribed by Boxing Scene