Opinion | May 22 2019

‘I’m going to do to Manny Pacquiao what he did to Oscar De La Hoya’

In his own words Keith Thurman looks forward to his July 20 WBA welterweight title fight with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
Manny Pacquiao
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WE’RE ready. This is a blessing to be here and a dream come true. I started boxing at the age of seven. I worked hard to be a champion and I’ve always wanted to fight the greatest names in the sport. Manny Pacquiao wants a challenge and I’m very grateful to be sharing a ring with a legend. If you understand boxing history, you know that times change. I believe boxing is in a new era. Come July 20, Pacquiao will disappear. He’ll always be remembered in the sport, but I’m doing to Manny Pacquiao, what he did to Oscar De La Hoya.

This is a big fight. I’ve waited 22 months to get back in the game. We had our ups and downs, but Keith Thurman is back on the rise. I’m going to make a big statement.

This training camp is going to start this Saturday. Once I get home, it’s grind time and on July 20, it’s going to be my time.