Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao is less than a month away from his scheduled fight with undefeated WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
The soon to be 41-year-old Pacquiao told the Manila Times that he's ready to fight Thurman right "now!"
The Fox Sports pay-per-view contest takes place on July 20th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Thurman has stated in several interviews that he intends to retire Pacquiao.
The Filipino superstar is not worried, feeling very confident in his ability to walk away with the belt.
“They can bring the enemy today or anytime from now and face him off. I have been preparing for this fight for more than a month, dividing my time as a lawmaker and a fighter and I believe I’ve done enough to prepare myself, for the fight," Pacquiao said.
“Thanks to my trainers, who like me have been sacrificing their time and efforts to prepare me for this, one of the most important fights of my career as a fighter. But most of all I thank God for giving me, at my age, all the strength and resolve to continue serving Him in the best way I can."
Pacquiao is working in the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, with chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune and Hall of Famer trainer Freddie Roach.
Fortune is not surprised that Pacquiao feels ready, at the very moment, to get in the ring with Thurman.
“Manny’s been really very aggressive in this training camp and I’m not surprised if he, indeed, feels he can fight already this early,” Fortune said.
“That makes everything easy for us from hereon. That certainly reduced our problems to seeing to it that Manny doesn’t get sick or overtrained,” he explained.