Thurman To Manny: “Just Play Basketball”

Even though he is the defending champion for their July 20th clash, but Keith Thurman feels he is being treated like the b-side for his fight against Manny Pacquiao.

“This is my fight. He’s fighting for my belt. And yet, it’s as if the world has forgot. So I wanted to … stab him a little bit, hit him where it hurts,” Thurman said on PBC’s Face to Face. “He’s fighting for my belt…it’s as if the world has forgot.”

“I just believe the hourglass is almost finished,” Thurman said of the 40-year-old Pacquiao. “He doesn’t have much left. Go play basketball, Manny! You say you like to play basketball every day. Go shoot hoops with the guys, man!”


“I’ve watched Manny for many years, this is the first time truly being face to face. I’m trying to look for some grey hair, I don’t really see much. He don’t look too aged, he’s got that Asian blood in him, he still looks like he’s 15 years old. But does he move like he’s 15? After he gets punched, is he going to be able to recover like the young fighter?

“He said I felt good [after the Adrien Broner fight], In my head at home I said, ‘He felt good because he didn’t get punched in the face, he felt good because he didn’t get punched in the body,” Thurman continued. “How good is he gonna feel after 12 rounds of boxing with your man right here, Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman?”


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