Thurman Wants To Prove He Can Beat “Legends”
Ten days away from defending his WBA “super” welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman would hold a media workout at the St. Petersburg Boxing Club in his home state of Florida.
“This is history in the making,” Thurman told reporters on Wednesday. “This is one of the best fights all year. This is the biggest fight of my career. You see a lot of fight posters in this gym, I remember when Winky Wright, fought ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley. I remember when he fought ‘Tito’ Trinidad. For me, this is my Mosley. This is my ‘Tito’ Trinidad moment. I get to show the world that Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is not just a great champion he can beat legends.
“I’ve always told everybody since the day that I was first on TV. I called out the world champions then. They didn’t know who Keith Thurman was, but I was trying to let the world know that Keith Thurman belongs at the top and now the world is finally understanding why.”
Thurman’s plan for Pacquiao will focus less on head hunting, but more on attacking the 40-year-old senator’s frame.
“I bet none of Pacquiao’s sparring partners were going at his body,” Thurman told the press. “Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is going to touch the body. I want to know how he reacts.”
“My prediction? Less than six rounds. I would love to be 30-0 with 23 knockouts. We’ve got 22 and we’ve held those 22 knockouts for a little too long. It’s time to get one more knockout.
While Thurman has been attacking Pacquiao’s age and sending him into retirement, a variety of injuries have hindered Thurman’s momentum since his win over Danny Garcia in 2017, with a 2018 comeback halted due to a second surgery.
“There’s always a question of will I get injured again. As a puncher you can always find ways to hurt your hands,” Thurman said.”Hands were not made to punch each other in the skull. We’re craftsmen. We’re tile workers, wood workers, mechanical workers. These hands were designed for something a little different, but luckily with different forms of therapy, we feel confident for this fight and pray that we stay healthy in the future so that we can keep giving the world tremendous fights.
“The time is now. I can’t be the underdog because I am the undefeated champion of the world. He’s the legend, but I have 10 years of youth on my side. However, we’ve seen world champions and legends do tremendous things at later dates. For example, Bernard Hopkins won the world title at 45 years old. Is Manny Pacquiao that kind of world champion? Keith Thurman will be the first one to find out.”