Thurman Expects To Defeat “Predictable” Pacquiao
Heading into their welterweight title showdown on July 20th, Keith Thurman is certain that he will be the man to retire the legendary Manny Pacquiao.
“I just don’t see anything that Manny Pacquiao can do in the ring,” Thurman said.
“He’s too small. They say he’s fast. To me, he’s slow. You know? His movements are predictable. This is boxing. He’s comparing me to Oscar De La Hoya. The problem is, when he fought Oscar De La Hoya, Oscar De La Hoya was the old man and he was the young buck. OK? And, you know, he’s used to fighting bigger guys, but he’s not used to fighting bigger, younger, stronger [opponents] and I believe it’s gonna show in the ring.”
While De La Hoya was the favored fighter in the 2008 showdown due to a size advantage, Pacquiao spent their fight leveling De La Hoya until the current head of Golden Boy Promotions refused to answer the bell for the ninth round.
Yet, with Thurman 10 years his junior and able to use his size and speed as an advantage, the Florida native feels he’s going to retire the Filipino Senator.
“Like I said, I’m doing to Manny Pacquiao what Manny Pacquiao did to Oscar De La Hoya,” Thurman said. “It will be his last fight.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene