LOS ANGELES, USA – Combine the Manny Pacquiao who retired Oscar De La Hoya and vanquished Ricky Hatton to get a picture of the opponent Keith Thurman will be facing on Saturday, July 20 (Sunday, July 21, Philippine time) at MGM Grand.
Buboy Fernandez, lead trainer of Pacquiao, guarantees the eight-division world champion will be at his fiercest best when he challenges Thurman for the World Boxing Association “super” welterweight title.
According to Fernandez, Pacquiao, who holds the WBA “regular” title, will bring the swarming offense he used to make De La Hoya quit before the start of the 9th round in 2008 and display the counterpunching savvy that flattened Hatton in the 2nd round in 2009.
Fernandez, however, hinted the ending need not come early as Thurman can’t be taken lightly.
“May halibas (haymaker),” said Fernandez of Thurman (29-0, with 22 knockouts).
“Maybe 3 rounds times 3,” Fernandez, newly elected vice mayor of Polanqui, Albay, told Filipino sportswriters he met at the Los Angeles International Airport while fetching his wife Wednesday night.
Owing to Pacquiao’s superb condition, however, Fernandez promises Thurman should brace for an attack as strong and as crippling as an earthquake from Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs).
“If what hit Los Angeles (last week) was intensity 7.1, he (Thurman) should be prepared for a 10.5 in Las Vegas,” added Fernandez, who took over the training chores from Freddie Roach in Pacquiao’s welterweight title fight against Argentine Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last year.
With Pacquiao’s training already in the tapering stage, Fernandez swears his boyhood buddy is as sharp as ever.
“I should be the first to know because I am the one receiving his punches,” said Fernandez.
Thurman better watch out for a lethal attack by Pacquiao. – Rappler.com