MANILA -- The son of Russian-Australian boxing legend Kostya Tszyu is convinced that Manny Pacquiao has the tools to beat a younger Keith Thurman on July 20.
Tim Tszyu already had two sparring sessions with Pacquiao at the Elorde Gym in Pasay City as they prepare the Filipino boxer for his world title bout with Thurman.
“I think he will hurt Thurman, he comes forward real quickly," Tszyu was quoted as saying in a Boxing Scene report.
“When he got these angles, then he will catch Thurman. If he sees Thurman hurt, Pacquiao will go for the kill to get that TKO.”
Tszyu is a super welterweight who has a perfect record of 13-0 with 10 knockouts.
The coaching staff wanted to test Pacquiao against a bigger fighter since they expect Thurman to come in heavier on fight night.
Tszyu's father was a former world junior welterweight champion with exceptional all-around boxer-puncher skills.
Australian boxing promoter Peter Maniatis described the younger Tszyu as a perfect fit for Pacquiao as a sparring partner for the Thurman bout.
"Tim likes to box and counter. Tim’s a perfect sparring partner for Manny,” Maniatis told Philstar.
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