Vegas- Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman will be headlining their fight on July 20th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Both fighters are very optimistic about the opportunity to display their skills once again for their fans, as well as challenge each other in the ring. “I choose Keith Thurman because he’s a great fighter. He’s undefeated and we can give a good fight to the fans. I want to make the fans happy on that night and show that I can still go toe-to-toe with any opponent. He said he’s young, but we’ll see who looks young in the ring on July 20. I’m going to let my fists say everything for me,” said Pacquiao.
Pacquiao will be fighting a fighter that is undefeated, as well as fights with a chip on his shoulder. Thurman has been on record saying that Pacquiao is washed up and he will retire him on July 20. “Manny is a world class fighter. He’s a gentleman inside and outside of the ring. I look forward to trading punches with a living legend. But one thing’s for sure, he’s not walking away with my title.
“All Manny does is hop around in the ring. I’m not going to lose to a bunny rabbit. He’s not Tupac, but he does a little hip hop and he’s not going to stop until he gets dropped.“Manny is a world-class fighter, not a world class boxer. I’m going to trip him up in the ring and he won’t know what direction to turn to. I know who I am as a fighter, and it will be proven come July 20,” said Thurman.
“I’m destroying the legend of Manny Pacquiao. His legacy ends on July 20 and mine begins. He’s an inspiration to many people throughout the world and everyone respects him, but I’m respectfully going to finish him.”
Thurman is very talented but lacks the maturity of holding his guard up. He takes a lot of hits in the face and seems very tired in the later rounds. In order for him to have a chance of going the distance with Pacquiao, Thurman has to be the aggressor and push the pace. He can not let Pacquiao get into his rhythm of Jabs, hooks, and uppercuts, as well as be backed up on the ropes. Pacquiao is very methodical and if he sees you on the ropes that is when he is the most aggressive.
This is the battle of youth vs maturity. Thurman will have to push the tempo of the fight, while Pacquiao will have his up and down moments with battling the youngster. What type of fighter will we see with Pacquiao? Will we see the electrifying counterpuncher or will we see a boxer that is tired after six rounds and play the patient game?
Only time will tell. This should be a great fight for boxing fans.