PacMan with Thurman Fight on 20th July 2019 in lag vegas. Post Fight news of WBA welterweight championship here. PPv Fighter Manny Pacquiao on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) returned to the site of his biggest fights, eager to show the result of a rigorous two-month training regimen and prove that he can still take on another young gun in Keith Thurman this weekend.
WBA PPV Post Fight Coverage Promotions chief Leonard Ellerbe confirmed that the retired superstar will be at ringside at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday to see Pacquiao take on Keith Thurman (Sunday Manila time).
oach on what Pacquiao’s doing during this last week of training camp:-
“Basically you just kind of maintaining right now, he’ll go four rounds today just to keep his timing and sharpness on Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll probably work out and depending where his weight is we might go for a little jog on Thursday. But hopefully Thursday and Friday we’ll be off and we’ll just have the weigh-ins Friday night, Friday afternoon.”
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are the main event this Saturday from Las Vegas, headlining on FOX pay-per-view, but there will be five undercard fights televised, two on FOX and then three more on the pay-per-view broadcast.
Pacquiao broke his Los Angeles camp before making the six-hour trip to the Sin City, and he didn’t do it easily. He ran one last time at the uphill Griffith Observatory in the morning and again sparred at the Wild Card Gym in the afternoon.
Mayweather had been in present at Pacquiao’s recent US fights, including the Filipino icon’s bouts with Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in 2016 and Adrien Broner just last January, also at the MGM.
He even dropped by Pacquiao’s dressing room just before the fighting senator made his ring walk against Broner. The two former rivals likewise crossed paths at a Los Angeles Clippers game at the Staples Center days after Pacquiao routed Broner.
After going four rounds with chief sparmate Abraham “AB” Lopez, the Filipino icon worked the mitts with head trainer Buboy Fernandez, polishing his offense that includes a quick and powerful counter right hook — which could be the money shot against a forward-coming Thurman.
The former pound-for-pound king remains in conversation as a possible Pacquiao opponent since their megabuck duel in 2015 — the richest in boxing history. Pacquiao and his training consultant Freddie Roach had been vocal about their desire for a rematch, given the fact that Pacquiao nursed an injured shoulder when he fought Mayweather.
Pacquiao will try to unify his WBA “regular” championship with Thurman’s “super” title, motivated by his upcoming foe’s unbeaten record (Thurman is 29-0, with 22 knockouts,) and loud mouth.
But nowadays, Mayweather seems contended to stay retired, as evidenced by his well-documented life outside the boxing ring. His last fight was in 2017, a technical knockout win over UFC star Conor McGregor.
In a recent conference call, Pacquiao said that while nothing has changed in the way he fights, his extensive experience should spell the difference against the younger Thurman.
He often posts photos of his trips around the world and his material possessions, including Instagram uploads showing him with stacks of dollar bills.
Even Pacquiao himself appears to have given up on the chance of another crack at Mayweather, who outpointed him in their fight.
“How I fight in the ring and my strategy, my footwork, that’s not changing but it’s still the same. But I’m more experienced and my timing in the ring is better than ever,” said the 40-year-old boxing legend.
“Let him enjoy his retirement,” Pacquiao told mediamen after he made his grand arrival Tuesday here (Wednesday Manila time).
But once Mayweather feels the itch to return to the ring and give Pacquiao another chance, the Filipino star is always ready. Pacquiao, though, has to first take care of business against Thurman.
During the fight week here, it will be pure fine-tuning for Pacquiao. His schedule includes light jogging in the morning at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas oval, followed by light mitt work in the afternoon.