Thurman: “I’m The New Manny Pacquiao”

Keith Thurman’s confidence has not been deterred on the road to his July 20th WBA welterweight world title defense against Manny Pacquiao, especially during media obligations.

When addressing his less than stellar return to the ring against Josesito Lopez in January, Thurman is looking past his majority decision win, while pointing out his prior performances.


“That’s been the talk of the town ever since they talk about the fight, you know,” Thurman said of his first fight in nearly two years. “At the end of the day, who cares, right? This still is the most exciting fight of the year. You had Errol Spence versus Mikey Garcia. That didn’t hold up to the hype. Thurman fights, it’s a great fight. I think Keith Thurman all great welterweight fights from here on out.

“It doesn’t matter who it is. When Keith Thurman fought Shawn Porter, it was nominated fight of the year. When Keith Thurman fought Danny Garcia, the fans had a tremendous show. Keith Thurman fights Manny Pacquiao, or Keith Thurman fights Errol Spence, or Keith Thurman fights Bud Crawford, I think Keith Thurman is the new Manny Pacquiao.

“I think I’m the most exciting fighter in the welterweight division today,” Thurman continued in the first person. “Not only did the (Lopez fight) might show some weakness and might give them a little bit of confidence, but outside of that, like (Leonard) Ellerbe mentioned, Keith Thurman has the best resume at 147. Two years out of the game and I still have the best resume at 147.

“You can’t really take much away from me. You can throw some criticism and shots if you want. Like I said, I bring entertainment to the welterweight division; always have; always will. If I win, I’m your entertainment. If I lose, I’m your entertainment. Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is one of the greatest welterweight fighters in the world today, hands down.”

Transcribed by Ring Magazine

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