"The Senator has been fighting for 24 years".
"I'm gonna make a big statement". Enter Keith Thurman, while Thurman has largely been inactive over the past couple of years due to a variety of injuries, he is still the best fighter Pacquiao has faced in some time. "I don't like trash-talking before a fight. There is a reason they call Keith "One Time" Thurman because he talks nonsense and Pacquiao is an all time great", Gibbons added. Floyd (Mayweather) is gone, Pacquiao is here.
"His legacy ends on July 20". He did ironically invoke boxing history, recalling when Pacquiao admonished Oscar De La Hoya from the ring.
Indeed, the prime Pacquiao moved up in weight to face De La Hoya in a 2008 megafight.
Manny Pacquiao, left, and Keith Thurman stand face to face during a news conference on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in NY. We all love him and respect him. Look at the heavyweights. However, it will be a tall order on July 20th.
Thurman, undefeated from 30 fights, is defending his WBA (Super) welterweight title and has declared that he is going to "crucify" the Filipino boxer. And I'm respectfully going to kick the shit out of him.
In his storied career, Pacquiao has heard it all from opponents so he did not seem at all put off by Thurman's remarks.
"All my life I have confronted challenges - in life, in politics, and inside the ring", said Pacquiao. He fights in spurts and you have to take advantage of that. This is a big fight. For me his boxing tactics are predictable. Let's see who's tougher in the ring. This is going to be exciting.
"I like it that I am the underdog for this fight".
"His (Pacquiao) performance against (Adrien) Broner inspired me and motivated me". "This is what I want".
"I've dismantled veterans in the past, and throughout my career". We know Keith Thurman is a good fighter also. Senator Pacquiao coming nowhere until he decides to retire. I've waited 22 months to get back in the game.
"People can say what they want to say about my injuries". I'm a professional athlete. But on July 20, "One Time" is back. Not everyone knows who Keith Thurman is today.
"Come July 20 you will see the best", he said. I would have destroyed him five years ago. I was injured, (then) I fought Josesito Lopez. I'm getting ready to have one of my best training camps for this fight.
Thurman (29-0 with 22 KOs) was nearly non-stop in dissing the eight-division champion, telling the audience that he's "going to finish him off". Manny Pacquiao is a lovely story. He's a legend who's done great things.
Yet, aside from continuing to fight at the age of 40, there is also the question of opposition. He wasn't in a real fight.
"I'm destroying the legend of Manny Pacquiao". But we will find out soon.
Pacquiao continued by saying that his primary concern was to make the fans happy and he was confident that Thurman was the right choice for an action-packed bout for the fans.
"Keith Thurman doesn't scare me". My journey will continue.