On one hand, the legendary Manny Pacquiao, and on the other, the man who seeks to reach that position, Keith Thurman. They met to share their impressions of Saturday’s match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada.
Pacquiao, current WBA regular champion, for the last few years has kept a conservative style when referring to his opponents and with Thurman, who is the WBA super champion, this was yet again no exception.
“I have something to prove in this fight, my rival speaks of retiring me, but one thing is just words and other things are the facts,” said the Filipino.
Pacquiao is aware that a victory over Thurman will help to magnify his legacy, which over the years has been growing more and more as he jumped from division to division and proved why he is one of the best to ever lace them up in the sport.
“In my forties I feel very good, I’m still at a good level, this is the fight that the fans want and that’s why I’m here, I owe it to them,” added the so-called ‘Pac-Man’.
Thurman, considered today as one of the best welterweights of the present times, once again was emphatic in announcing the forced retirement of Pacquiao, when he beats him this Saturday as he believes very strongly he will.
“Do not be surprised if you see Pacquiao asleep, I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity. The world will know who I am after Saturday night,” said ‘One Time’.
“Manny is a legend, but his time is over, now it’s my turn to take his place and I’ll fulfill it,” the American concluded.
Thurman knows that on his side he has youth on a Pacquiao who has already broken the 40-year-old barrier, but who is still at the highest level of competition.
Both fighters arrive with enviable records, Pacquiao with 70 fights, 61 wins (39 KO’s), 7 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Thurman has 30 fights, 29 victories (22 KO’s) and 1 without decision.