Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) is back, and the sports world is for the better because of it. Pacquiao will battle Keith Thurman(29-0, 22 KOs) on Saturday, July 20, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
After how he looked in January when he defeated Adrien Broner by unanimous decision, forty may just be a number to Pacquiao, but Thurman will be a much tougher opponent for Pacquiao. Thurman, unlike Broner, is a guy who throws punches and will be more willing to trade with Pacquiao, but according to one of Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, he wouldn’t be surprised if Thurman became Pacquiao’s fortieth knockout victim.
“If Thurman comes straight in and goes after Manny, which I think he will, he is going to be cooked,” Roach said. “Chef Manny will be serving him up on a platter like Lobster Thurmandor.”
Thurman, 30, did not look very sharp back in January when he beat Josesito Lopez. However, he was away from the sport for two years due to injury, so rust is understandable.
Can Pacquiao continue to turn back the clock against Thurman or will Thurman show the world that there is a new guard at 147? We shall see!