Keith Thurman on Manny Pacquiao fight: ‘It’s a new era in boxing.’
Keith Thurman aims to put Manny Pacquiao away from the welterweight division.
Keith Thurman can already envision boxing without Manny Pacquiao. The two welterweights will square off for Thurman’s WBA (Super) welterweight title on July 27 in Las Vegas.
“One time,” however, assures that Pacquiao’s run in the welterweight division has reached the end.
“After July 20th, on July 21st; there will be an official new welterweight division,” said Thurman. “Where you don’t hear the name Floyd Mayweather. Where you don’t hear the name Manny Pacquiao.”
Thurman (29-0, 22KOs), seeks his ninth successful title defense. In doing so, he also plans to retire Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39KOs). The defending champion has vowed to “do to Pacquiao what he did to Oscar De La Hoya.”
“All you’ll be talking is Keith Thurman, Errol Spence, Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter; Danny Garcia,” said Thurman. “And anyone else that we don’t even know, who’s coming up; grinding to be at the top. To compete with the welterweights in the welterweight division.”
In December 2008, Pacquiao took on a fading Oscar De La Hoya. Like Thurman, Pacquiao was in his prime and increasing his stardom. In a dominant, one sided performance “The Pacman” stopped De La Hoya in eight rounds.
Sure enough, “The Golden Boy” called it a career a few months later in April 2009. Pacquiao went on to defeat some of the biggest names, and become boxing’s only eight-division champion.
At age 40, he has shown that he can still compete. But it remains a question for how long and at what level in the sport.
Pacquiao is still a future Hall of Famer and a legend of the sport, which puts him under the radar of every current welterweight. Thurman will look to capitalize on the opportunity and add the legendary Pacquiao to his resume.
“Today, Manny Pacquiao is the past; and I’m gonna make sure of it.” said Thurman.