Title defense against Manny Pacquiao a 'dream come true' for Keith Thurman

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 17, 2019 04:00 PM
Fight with Pacquiao a 'dream come true' for Keith Thurman
"Fighting a legend like Manny Pacquiao is, right now, the greatest moment that I’ve ever had." - Keith Thurman

This weekend, undefeated WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Keith "One Time" Thurman puts his title on the line against arguably the biggest name he has ever faced in eight-division world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao. 

While Thurman has been relentless in his trash talk against his Filipino challenger, the 30-year old American is fully aware of who he will be facing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada come Saturday, July 20th (Sunday, July 21st, Manila time). 

While definetely at the tail-end of his storied career, Pacquiao is still a boxing legend and a sure-fire hall of famer when everything is said and done, and for a young fighter like Thurman, getting to share the ring with boxing's only eight-division titlist is no doubt a massive opportunity. 

That fact isn't lost on "One Time". 

"Man, this is a dream come true! 23 years of hard work and dedication," Thurman said at his grand arrival press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "I’m just a dreamer, I’m just trying to live my American dream, I step in the ring wearing red, white, and blue. I’m always grateful for the opportunities and the gifts that God has given me in this lifetime."

In his 30-fight professional career, Thurman has fought and beaten some of the best welterweights in the world including Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. And while Pacquiao may no longer be in his prime, his name is still the biggest that will appear on Thurman's record. 

Thurman himself knows this to be true. 

"Fighting a legend like Manny Pacquiao is, right now, the greatest moment that I’ve ever had. Saturday night, I’m going live the moment to the fullest and I’m going to be victorious."

Whether or not Thurman can make good on that prediction remains to be seen. 

 

Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 11:00 AM! 

For more information, log on to https://www.mysky.com.ph/pacman

The fight will also be available in the Middle East on https://tfc.tv/

ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23. 

The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22.

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