BEVERLY HILLS, USA – Keith Thurman has vowed to get Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao out of the boxing scene for good as the two fighters exchanged verbal jabs ahead of the World Boxing Association face off for welterweight supremacy.
The loss-less Thurman, 30, will take on Pacquiao in Las Vegas on July 20 in a contest that pits the WBA’s “super world champion” against the body’s secondary “world” champion, said a Rappler report, citing a dispatch from Agence France-Presse.
Thurman, at 29-0, with 22 knockouts, returned from an almost two-year hiatus to retain his title with a 12-round majority decision over Josesito Lopez on January 26.On the other hand, eight-division champion Pacquiao, who last fought in a one-sided demolition of Adrien Broner in January, is 10 years Thurman’s senior.
Thurman vowed to make the age difference count, according to the report.
“Pacquiao’s last fight, Pacquiao’s last fight,” Thurman was quoted as saying, while pledging to “dismantle” the 40-year-old Filipino icon.
“I’m destroying the legend of Manny Pacquiao,” Thurman said. “His legacy ends on July 20. He’s had a wonderful career, and been an inspiration. We all love him and respect him. And I’m respectfully going to kick the shit out of him. (Photo by Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions)