On Wednesday, Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman would address the press for their battle for the WBA “super” welterweight championship, with both fighters confident that they’ll get the victory on July 20th.
“For me nothing is personal. I have to do my job and there is nothing personal with him,” Pacquiao said regarding Thurman’s threat to retire and “crucify” Pacquiao when they battle inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I’m just always smiling no matter what Keith says. It’s easy to say things, but it’s not easy to do it in the ring. I’ve been in this sport longer than Keith Thurman, so my experience will be the difference.”
“I’m not predicting a knockout for this fight,” Pacquiao said of how he thinks the fight will go. “But we did our best in this training camp. I’m focused and motivated, so we’ll see. I’ll do my best to make the fans happy.”
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“We did our best in training and I believe we are physically ready, as well as spiritually ready. I expect a good fight so tune-in Saturday. The way Thurman spoke today, I hope he will live up to it on Saturday.”
“Manny isn’t going to do anything,” Thurman said during Wednesday’s presser. “With the little ‘T-Rex’ arms. He’s about to get beat up. I get to punch a Senator in the face and he’s going to feel it. If he’s upset about it, he can do something about it Saturday night. It’s called swing, swing, swing baby.
“I’m a winner in life, and to bet on myself to win in the opening rounds, it makes me do what I said earlier, which is swing, swing, swing. You’ve got to swing to hit a home run. You can’t just sit there and pump fake all day.
“This really is the outcome of an individual living out their dream,” Thurman continued. “It all comes together on Saturday night.”
“I’ve been saying it over and over again, don’t be surprised if Manny Pacquiao goes night-night.”