Boxing: Thurman denies weight-loss issues

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2019 12:19 PM

WBA welterweight super champion Keith Thurman arrives at a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller, Getty Images/AFP

The camp of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao hinted that Keith Thurman may have had some problems with his weight, a claim that the American boxer vehemently denied ahead of their WBA welterweight bout.

Pacquiao's trainer, Buboy Fernandez, felt something was off after Thurman asked for the Filipino boxer's bottle of Pocari Sweat following their press conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

"Nakita natin, hiningi niya 'yung tubig na Pocari kay senator. Isa 'yun sa nagbe-base, na nangangailangan ka sa katawan mo," Fernandez told Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News.

"So doon kasi sa bawat galaw ng fighter, ako bilang isang trainer, nababasa ko kung ano problema ng isang fighter. So good luck sa tiyan niya," he also said.

Pacquiao confirmed that Thurman did ask for his Pocari Sweat, but thought little of it.

"I don't know," he said when asked if he thinks Thurman is dehydrated.

Thurman, for his part, was quick to deny that he had any issues about losing weight.

"Never. I told you yesterday my weight's good. Look at that," he said, raising his shirt to show off his toned stomach. "We got no problems. Ain't no problems here, it should be clear, we good."

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Thurman told Castillejo yesterday that he expects to make the 147-pound weight limit comfortably.

The 30-year-old American will defend his WBA (super) welterweight title against Pacquiao – who holds the regular version of the belt – on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (Sunday morning in Manila).

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