Boxing: Fernandez won't hold back Pacquiao against Thurman

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2019 04:36 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2019 12:40 AM

Boxing: Fernandez won't hold back Pacquiao against Thurman 1
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao reacts while his trainer put his boxing gloves during an afternoon training session at Wild Card Boxing in Los Angeles on June 20, 2019. Apu Gomes, AFP

Buboy Fernandez has no plans of holding back Manny Pacquiao when he fights Keith Thurman, after listening to months of trash talk from the unbeaten American boxer.

Thurman has been throwing verbal jabs at Pacquiao ever since the fight was formalized in May, when he said that he intended to retire the Filipino legend. In their final press conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Thurman said Pacquiao "is about to get beat up."

"I get to punch a senator in the face," he said.

Pacquiao smiled through Thurman's trash talk, but Fernandez – Pacquiao's chief trainer and best friend – was irked by the American's words.

On Tuesday, after the boxers' grand arrival in Las Vegas, Fernandez said: "Kailangan nating manalo nang knockout para tumahimik na 'yan."

After watching Thurman speak during the press conference, Fernandez was again miffed.

"Alam naman natin na 'yung Fighting Senator natin, God is always with him, laging nakatingin sa kanya. Pero, siyempre as a best friend, as a chief trainer, masama ang pakiramdam ko eh, gusto ko umakyat eh," he admitted.

Fernandez held himself back, but vowed that Thurman will not get the same courtesy come fight time on Saturday at the MGM Grand (Sunday morning, Manila time).

"Pero for this fight, hindi ko siya patatawarin talaga dito," he said.

Fernandez revealed that during Pacquiao's last fight against Adrien Broner in January, he advised the "Pacman" to be cautious.

"Before sa last fight natin kay Broner, sabi ko huwag tayong maging rash, huwag tayong maging magmadali," he said.

Against Thurman, however, Fernandez is planning to unleash Pacquiao.

"Kung pinigilan ko nung seventh round doon sa Broner fight natin, dito sabi ko sa kanya, noong last training natin sa kanina, kung ano gusto mong gawin, gawin mo," he said.

"Kung gusto mong itumba nang maaga, itumba mo. Hindi kita pipigilan," he added.

Fernandez still wants Pacquiao to be careful and patient. He even warned the Filipino icon not to fight with anger.

"Basta ang paalala ko lang, ingat lang at huwag lang dalhin sa ibabaw ng ring 'yung galit," he said.

Yet he also stressed that he will not hold Pacquiao back, especially after hearing the brash statements made by Thurman in the lead-up to the fight.

"Basta importante, kung gusto mo tumbahin, tumbahin mo na," Fernandez said.

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