(NI ARIEL BORLONGAN)
BUONG yabang na sinabi kahapon ni WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman na patutulugin niya si eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao bago sumapit ang 6th round ng kanilang unification bout sa Hulyo 20 sa MGM Grand sa Las Vegas, Nevada.
“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,” sabi ni Thurman sa BoxingScene.com.
“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,” dagdag pa niya.
Ngunit iba naman ang nasa isip ni Pacquiao, na gustong turuan ng leksiyon ang mabungangang Amerikano.
“I’m so motivated for this fight for all of the trash talk he’s saying and I want to prove him wrong,” sabi ni Pacquiao.
“The most dangerous thing is when you’re not ready and in condition.”
“At this age, at 40, there is a level of adjustment in terms of body recovery, unlike when you were young, you pushed your body in training day by day, you recovered at night,” dagdag ni Pacquiao.
“At this stage, where you are strong, it is difficult to recover the next day, but right now, the speed is there, the power, the speed … by the grace of God.”