Thurman: I Will Be Back

A loss in boxing has been considered death to a fighter’s career for the past few years, but in the case of Keith Thurman, his first loss to Pacquiao will not derail him.

“I promised you guys that this would be one of the most exciting fights of the summer,” Thurman said of his gutsy performance during the post-fight press conference. “You know, my two-year layoff, I truly missed the sport of boxing. You guys have no idea. And just me showing my grit, my wherewithal, just really trying to make sure that I could put together some of the best fights. Of course, I wanted to win the fight. I fell short, but it was a blessing and a lesson because we’ve gotta do a little bit more. We’ve gotta get our numbers back up. You know, I do know that I’m a true champion. Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman has always been a true champion.

“I will be back at the top of the sport of boxing. And, you know, I mean, you’ve gotta go with the flow. You’ve gotta take the punches as they come. And you get knocked down, you’ve gotta lift yourself back up. That’s what champions do. So, like I said, we’re not going nowhere. We’ll be back. Like I promised you guys, Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman brings the best fights in the welterweight division, man. Fight me, baby. Fight me.”

“Tonight was a great night of boxing,” Thurman said of Pacquiao’s majority decision win on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View. “You know, the opening rounds didn’t start off the way that I wanted ‘em to. Pacquiao had a lot of momentum from the knockdown. I ended up paying attention to the rounds. By the time we hit the seventh, I was like, ‘Damn, we’re in the seventh already?’ The fight just really flew by. As my original trainer [Ben Getty] said, smart fighters win, dumb fighters lose. There was just some adjustments that I didn’t make, that I could’ve made.

“Obviously, he caught me with my hands down in the first round. I was aware of Manny Pacquiao’s springiness. I was aware that I should’ve done my head movement. But being aware and doing what you need to do are two different things in the ring. So, like I always said, I got an 0 and I’m not afraid to let it go. If you can beat me, beat me. I was beaten tonight, and that’s the sport of boxing, baby. But your boy Keith ‘One Time’ is here and I’m not going nowhere, and I’ll be back.”

Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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