Pacquiao: Thurman's Trash Talk Giving Me More Motivation

Veteran trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao has rediscovered his aggressive streak as the one-month countdown to his battle with welterweight champion Keith Thurman got under way on Thursday.

Pacquiao has entered the final phase of training for the July 20 showdown with Thurman, arriving in Los Angeles last weekend to work under long-time trainer Roach at his famed Wild Card gym.

The 40-year-old eight-division world champion has been riled by trash-talking from WBA champion Thurman ahead of the bout, with the undefeated American vowing to send Pacquiao into retirement at Las Vegas's MGM Grand next month.

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Asked for his response to Thurman's retirement jibes, Pacquiao told AFP: "My response to him is we'll see. He is giving me more motivation and determination to work hard and prove that it's not true.

"I'm happy that he's saying that ... It gives me inspiration to focus and do the best that I can in the ring."

Pacquiao's measured response contrasted with the assessment of his inner circle.

Former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, said the Filipino icon was "pissed off" by Thurman's remarks.

"He's said some pretty silly stuff," Fortune said.

Roach meanwhile told AFP that Pacquiao had been "upset" by Thurman's comments.

"Manny's motivated for all his fights and this time, this guy's talking a little trash," Roach said. "So that helps. Manny has got a bit upset. He wants to win this one a little bit more than usual."

Pacquiao has carried that sense of grievance into his training sessions. For the first time in several fights, Roach is wearing protective padding around his torso during his mitt sessions.

"I was really happy I brought my padding back," Roach said. "Because I haven't worn that in a while. I came up with that idea because I didn't want Manny to go easy on his opponents.

"We went 10 rounds yesterday and he was really happy to see I had the padding. It does make a difference. I want him going full blast on the mitts."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MulaKO on 06-23-2019

This is Pac’s fight imo I think he will outbox him and maybe if Thurman is not well conditioned , can even get a late stoppage Pac’s conditioning is always good

Comment by 1hourRun on 06-23-2019

Comment by Boxing lives on 06-22-2019

Man Thurman's probably sh[I]it[/I]ting himself reading this. He knows he's not on the level of the Pacman from a resume perspective. Pacman is gonna gobble his ass up!!!!

Comment by BoxingSensei on 06-22-2019

[img][/img] Will Thurman use the shoes or the gloves in this fight.

Comment by DadeCounty305 on 06-22-2019

LEGENDARY. One of the GOATS. #WarPacman

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