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Thurman Says Mayweather is Using Spence as a Pawn

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

WBA 'regular' welterweight champion Keith 'One Time' Thurman (26-0, 22KOs) believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26KOs), who holds the WBC/WBA super welterweight belts, is using undefeated contender Errol Spence Jr. (17-0, 14KOs) as a pawn.

In June, Mayweather started pushing for Thurman to face Spence on his September 12th Showtime Pay-Per-View undercard. At the time, Thurman had been pushing to face Mayweather on that card. After Spence defeated Phil Lo Greco on June 20, he immediately called out Thurman.

Thurman believes Mayweather instructed Spence to make the public challenge as a calculated move.

"He threw him in the mix so we could stop talking about Keith Thurman vs. Floyd Mayweather. It's called 'trying to get the monkey off his back' or more like a gorilla with these hands. Errol Spence is a talented fighter. He's exactly where I was three years ago when I came out on HBO," Thurman said.

"He has this nice coming out on NBC and he wants to call out one of the top welterweights in the welterweight division. Of all the welterweights in the welterweight division that Errol Spence can call out, he wants to call out Keith Thurman? Uncle Floyd Mayweather told him to do it and he said 'okay, no problem. I'll do what you ask.' Whenever that boy deserves an actual title shot against a real champion, I'll be here and I'll be willing to give it to him."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JQside on 08-10-2015

Spence might look better in Thurman's resume than a long line of semi-retired opponents that he fought. Question is what is Thurman scared of? If he thinks he can beat everyone, why not take it, get it over with?

Comment by aboutfkntime on 08-10-2015

[QUOTE=richardt;15946312]Congratulations on spewing more lame crap. I already told you I have no issue with anyone saying Brook is more deserving. I'm not going to say it again for the third time. And I never said Thurman would or would…

Comment by richardt on 08-07-2015

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;15946162]Nah, I would call it a cherry-pick, just like I'm saying about Berto. Are you trying to tell me that you think Thurman would be competitive ? If not, then why are you insisting that he is a top opponent…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 08-06-2015

[QUOTE=richardt;15946099]It takes a complete idiot to assume that people behind a poll are automatically casual fans when you don't know what the gamut of knowledge is on the other side of that poll. Oh, and thanks for restating my point.…

Comment by richardt on 08-06-2015

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;15942862]I assumed nothing ! The opinions of casual fans (asshats) have proven to be rubbish on numerous occasions..... so I do not rely on them for accurate information. And I provided a great example why. You whipped out the results…

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