Pacquiao vows to thrash ‘loudmouth’ Thurman

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is training at a gym in Manila, ahead of his World Boxing Association title bout next month against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas. (AFP)
Updated 07 June 2019

Pacquiao vows to thrash ‘loudmouth’ Thurman

  • The run-up to the fight has been full of flying insults, with Thurman saying he will beat the 40-year-old Pacquiao into retirement
  • Thurman, 30, said last month he would “crucify” the world’s only eight-division world champion

MANILA: Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has vowed to silence Keith Thurman at their World Boxing Association title bout next month, calling him a “loudmouth” as their war of words escalates.
The run-up to the fight has been full of flying insults, with Thurman saying he will beat the 40-year-old Pacquiao into retirement when they clash in Las Vegas on July 20.
Thurman, 30, said last month he would “crucify” the world’s only eight-division world champion, who the undefeated American said has “never fought anyone this young, strong and hungry.”
“He’s a loudmouth outside the ring. Let’s see if he can back it up inside the ring,” Pacquiao said Thursday as he trained in Manila.
“Some boxers are arrogant while other boxers are humble. Thurman? We know he’s arrogant,” added Pacquiao, the WBA’s secondary “world” champion.
“I’m so motivated for this training camp because of his trash talk, like that. I would rather have my fists do the talking,” Pacquiao said.
The Philippine legend’s career seemed headed for its final moments last year, but he has since knocked out Lucas Matthysse and beat Adrien Broner in bouts.
Pacquiao plans to split his training camp between the Philippines and Los Angeles, wrapping up his preparations under the watchful eye of longtime trainer Freddie Roach, who is back in his corner.
He told reporters he will fly to Los Angeles on June 15.
Thurman, who is 29-0 with 22 knockouts, has promised to be Pacquiao’s final opponent in the ring.
“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.”
But Pacquiao pointed out, after working the heavy bag on Thursday, that Thurman would not be the first younger challenger he has beaten.
“My last fight was (Adrien) Broner and he was only 29 years old. That’s not a problem,” he said Thursday.
Pacquiao, who is a member of the Philippines’ upper house Senate, said he plans to fly back to Manila immediately after the Thurman fight to attend the annual address of his ally, President Rodrigo Duterte.


Sensational Stokes stars as England beat Australia by one wicket to win third Test

Updated 49 min 26 sec ago

Sensational Stokes stars as England beat Australia by one wicket to win third Test

  • The remarkable victory arguably surpassed England's 1981 Ashes Test triumph at Headingley

LEEDS: Ben Stokes hit a stunning unbeaten century as England defeated Australia by one wicket to win an epic third Test at Headingley on Sunday and keep the Ashes alive.
England, bowled out for just 67 in their first innings, needed 73 more runs to reach a victory target of 359 when last man, the bespectacled Jack Leach, came into bat on the fourth day.
But Leach held firm before Stokes, the batting hero of England’s World Cup final triumph, hit the winning runs by flaying paceman Pat Cummins for a four that saw the all-rounder finish on 135 not out.
This was England’s highest successful fourth-innings chase and the tenth highest in Test history.
A remarkable victory, which arguably surpassed their 1981 Ashes Test triumph at Headingley when they beat Australia after following-on — saw England level the five-match series at 1-1.