WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman is not paying attention to the statements being made about the age of Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, 40-years-old, will challenge Thurman on July 20th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight headlines a Fox Sports Pay-Per-View event.
Back in January, Pacquiao dominated four division champion Adrien Broner at the same Las Vegas venue.
Thurman was also in action earlier this year, when he won a twelve round decision over Josesito Lopez.
Pacquiao, who is boxer’s only eight division champion, is nearing the end of his career.
Thurman is not only confident that he would beat Pacquiao now, but he would also beat him pretty badly if they would have fought five years ago.
“This is a big fight as far as the stage goes, but it’s a big fight against a little guy. He’s a veteran and I’ve dismantled veterans in the past. I believe I would have destroyed Manny Pacquiao five years ago. I’ve always been ready for this fight. He’s never fought someone like me with this kind of lateral movement, speed and power. I’m coming for him,” Thurman said.
“I was in the gym four weeks ago starting some preparations. I wanted to get the ball rolling and use the momentum from my last training camp for this opportunity. Who better to showcase my skills and talent against than Manny Pacquiao? He chose me because it will be a guaranteed action fight.
“I think this is one of the best Manny Pacquiao fights in a long time. I’m going to bring it. Pacquiao did not get reminded in his last fight what it feels like to be up against a real champion. I’m the youngest, fastest, hungriest fighter that he’s ever been in the ring with. July 20, it’s the ‘Keith Thurman show’.”