Keith Thurman vows to end Manny Pacquiao's boxing career in July 20 bout
Sports Scene
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WBA Regular World Champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA Super World Champion Keith Thurman have confirmed their WBA Welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 20.
Popularly called "One Time," Thurman has gone 29 fights undefeated with 22 knock-outs and is the favorite coming into the fight with Pacquiao.
The 30-year-old hopes to establish himself as the top man in a tough division by defeating the most famous Filipino boxer, who is also a senator in the Philippines. Pacquiao took some aggressive words from his opponent at the press conference in New York, something at the age of 40 he's experienced a lot over the years.
Thurman claimed, "You know for those who know boxing and truly understand boxing history, you know, times change. I believe boxing has come to a new era. Floyd is gone. Pacquiao is here. Come July 20, he will disappear okay. He will disappear."
The prolific boxer also added, "He announced him as a senator. He belongs as a senator in the Philippines. With all respect, he is a legend. He will always be remembered in the sport. But I'm doing a Manny Pacquiao, what he did to Oscar De La Hoya. You can Google if you want to. Oscar De La Hoya never fought again. All right, facts."
Meanwhile, Pacquiao responded to his opponent's war cry saying, "My time is not yet over. My career, my journey will continue. That's what I want to prove on July 20."