Thurman: What I Want Most is To Knock Pacquiao Out!

The fight is a few days away, when WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman takes part in the biggest bout of his pro career.

On Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Thurman will defend his title against eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

The ring return is only the second fight for Thurman since his snapped a two year layoff back in January, with a lackluster twelve round majority decision win over challenger Josesito Lopez.

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Pacquiao, 40-years-old, is near the end of his pro career.

Thurman believes the Filipino star has very little left in the tank - and he wants to avoid the scenario of going the distance with a fighter 10 years his senior. He wants to make a statement by closing the show inside the distance.

"He will not be able to survive my skills and all my talent. What I want most is to knock out Manny Pacquiao, not win by decision in twelve rounds. I'm at a completely new level, I'm at the top of this generation," Thurman said.

Thurman plans to dominate the contest - with Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, predicting a knockout victory around the ninth round.

"I don't see Pacquiao winning a round. I'm going to hit him early, remind him of that [knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez], and I'm pretty sure he's going to be very cautious. So after I give him a reminder with my punches, we'll see how he ends up fighting in this bout."

Roach actually likes the fact that Thurman is doing so much trash talking before the fight. And Roach is not worried if Thurman connects with a good shot.

"Manny is upset. It's good when he doesn't like his opponents because he fights better. When Pacquiao is stung by an opponent, his attack becomes more relentless in the ring," Roach said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by markther on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=SweetPbfAli;19905851]Let's see if Thurman can set it up like JMM. JMM did good body work early in that round to sell Manny on the left hook to the body with that hard feint. That was so beautiful actually.[/QUOTE] That’s a…

Comment by Fire4231 on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=Clubber Pac;19906024]Thurman is off balance and out of position. WTF are you talking about? Thurman connected with the overhand right, and instinctively ducked under the left hook from Garcia as he was throwing the punch, he was three steps ahead…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 07-17-2019

I say Thurman looks very mediocre compared to Manny. Very. Thurman can get gift decision like Horn and Bradley, that`s all. But, more realistic, Manny beats him badly.

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=.WesternChamp.;19904433]that's kinda not fair if you think about it... i feel a name is deserving IF that person has proved it. in the early on, thurman did live up to his name. so i feel that should be enough. you…

Comment by Clubber Pac on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=Fire4231;19904544]Good post, what’s also telling is Thurman is out of position and off balance if he misses that overhand right, however Marques maintains balance and defensive posture. That means missing that punch can mean punishment on the counter. That counter…

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