Thurman Considers Retirement If He Loses To Pacquiao
For Keith Thurman, July 20th against Manny Pacquiao is an all or nothing proposition.
The current WBA “super” welterweight champion of the world is set to face Pacquiao in the main event of a FOX/PBC Pay-Per-View, and looks to do to Pacquiao what the Filipino Senator did to Oscar De La Hoya… retire him.
Yet, if the 30-year-old champion falls to Pacquiao inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20th, he would consider walking away from the sport.
“I’d at least think about it. I’d at least be like, ‘Can I do some more commentating or something? Can I do some more commentating,” Thurman told reporters following Wednesday’s presser in Los Angeles.
“Momma said I look good in a suit. I don’t think she wants to see her boy get punched on TV. Getting beat up by an old man.”
“I would bow down in the middle of the ring,” Thurman continued on what he’d do if Pacquiao beat him. “I would bow down in the middle of the ring. I’ll say, ‘Oh, senator. Oh, senator. Greatest yee, oh, senator.’
“This is what you call interview bars, OK. I’m not a rapper. I’m not an actor. I’m a world class fighter. I know the fight game, OK. Blood sweat and tears for 23 years.”
“I told him I’m not Oscar De La Hoya,” said Pacquiao, when Thurman made the comparison on both Tuesday in New York and Wednesday in Los Angeles.
“I’m different than (De La Hoya). The way I work hard. The way I prepare for my fight. I’m still motivated. The desire is still there 100 percent.”
Report: Boxing Scene