KEITH THURMAN is in the final stages of preparing for his July 20 clash with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Their WBA welterweight will be broadcast on Fox Sports pay-per-view in America and ITV Box Office in the UK.
For Thurman this will be his defining fight. “I wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather six years ago at the age of 24. I was never presented with the opportunity at that time. I’m presented with the opportunity today. So the opportunity’s not coming tomorrow, it’s here today. I’ve got to take full advantage of it,” he told Boxing News. “Every welterweight in the welterweight division wanted this fight. They can say whatever they say want to say about this fight but everybody wanted this fight. Errol Spence, Shawn Porter even Terence Crawford would take this fight. Everybody wanted this fight, as long as Manny Pacquiao still wanted to be an active fighter and he wanted to make more exciting fights for the fight fans. I just think this is one of the best match ups of the year and I definitely believe it could be one of the best fights of the year once we start trading.”
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