Manny Pacquiao believes Keith Thurman sees what’s coming, which is why he has been doing a lot of trash talking ahead of their July 20 fight.
Thurman, the reigning WBA “Super” welterweight champion, has hurled several insults at his challenger in an attempt to get into Pacquiao’s nerves.
Apart from saying that the shorter 8-division champion has “T-rex” arms, Thurman also said he is going to “crucify” Pacquiao and end the latter’s career the way Pacquiao did with Oscar de la Hoya.
But Pacquiao said Thurman’s talk is an indication of something.
“I have heard what he has said. The more he trash-talks the more his insecurities show. I know he senses what is coming his way,” Pacquiao said in an article posted on the Boxing Scene website.
The Filipino boxer is confident his experience and speed will be key in beating the undefeated American boxer.
“I believe I have the better speed and footwork. I certainly have better experience against better opponents,” Pacquiao said. “Keith Thurman is going to be surprised by what he sees from me.”
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said Thurman hasn’t been the same fighter since sustaining various injuries.
He said the team plans to capitalize on that.
“(Thurman) usually relies on that big overhand right and lately he hasn’t had any success with it,” said Roach. “He sets it up with a pawing jab and then goes with the big overhand right and his timing is just way off right now, especially in the last three fights.
“You look at him in his earlier career and he was knocking guys out with that shot. The last three fights he’s not knocking out anybody with nothing.”
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