WBA “Super” world welterweight champion Keith Thurman (29-0) is not shining away from giving predictions for his upcoming bout with WBA champ Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2).
The unification clash is set for July 20 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 30-years-old American believes he can beat “Pac Man” in under six rounds, but if we take a look at the history of the two fighters, there’s a big chance “One Time” won’t be keeping his promise.
The last time Thurman ended someone before the 12th round was in 2015 when Luis Collazo retired in the middle of the bout. On the other hand, the 40-years-old Philipino lost a fight via TKO or KO in 2012 to Juan Marquez.
Here’s what Keith had to say on the subject:
“It doesn’t matter who it is. When Keith Thurman fought Shawn Porter, it was nominated fight of the year. When Keith Thurman fought Danny Garcia, the fans had a tremendous show. Keith Thurman fights Manny Pacquiao, or Keith Thurman fights Errol Spence, or Keith Thurman fights Bud Crawford, I think Keith Thurman is the new Manny Pacquiao,” said Thurman to RingTV.com.
“I bet none of Pacquiao’s sparring partners were going at his body. Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman is going to touch the body. I want to know how he reacts…my prediction? Less than six rounds. I would love to be 30-0 with 23 knockouts. We’ve got 22 and we’ve held those 22 knockouts for a little too long. It’s time to get one more knockout”, the American stated.