Thurman: Feels Like I’m Fighting Duran Or Robinson
Keith Thurman understands the gravity of his July 20th fight against Manny Pacquiao.
The WBA “super” welterweight champion will put his title on the line against the Filipino Senator in his first ever pay-per-view main event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
When speaking to the press on Tuesday, Thurman explained that fighting Pacquiao is as close as he can get to facing the legends of boxing.
“Manny Pacquiao has had an amazing career, 70 fights and still going strong.” Thurman told reporters.
“It feels as if I’m facing Sugar Ray Robinson, as if I’m facing Roberto Duran.”
“I wanted this fight six years ago at the MGM Grand,” Thurman said of the fight with Pacquiao. “It was before Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fought. We already had opinions on who would win before the fight was ever made.
“I was always rated in the Top 10 for many years before I became a world champion. I always thought we would have a great fight if it was ever made. It just goes to show dreams can come true. I have pride, I have passion and I’m grateful for this fight.”
Quotes Transcribed by Boxing Scene