FREDDIE ROACH THINKS MANNY PACQUIAO’S SPEED IS THE KEY TO DEFEAT KEITH THURMAN
A high-profile welterweight fight between the legend of the Filipino boxing Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KO) and WBC champion Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KO) will happen in two months only but it’s already generating talks.
Long-time trainer of the Filipino phenomenon, Freddie Rouch, who is going to prepare Pacquiao for the fight, commented on the upcoming bout. Rouch respects Thurman’s skills but is sure that Pacquiao’s speed will be the obstacle he will not be able to overcome.
“Thurman is a big, strong guy but his last two fights he hasn't looked as good as he once was. But I won't underestimate him and I'll expect him [to] come with his best because he's fighting one of the best. I've been watching all his best fights for weaknesses. We do have a tough fight in front of us. It's a winnable fight but Pacquiao's speed should be too much for him,” Rouch stated.
Freddie is very satisfied with the last fight of his ward against Adrien Broner and thinks Manny hadn’t performed as good since his fight with Ricky Hatton.
“All Manny has to do is pretty much let his hands go a little bit more. I was very happy with him in his last fight. It was the most offensive I've seen him in a long, long time. It's been a while since he's fought like that, like back in the Ricky Hatton days.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman is set for July 20 and will take place at the legendary MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. WBA superchampion belt is at stake; currently, it’s the American boxer who holds it.
It’s worth noting that both boxers had their last fights in January. Pacquiao didn’t have any problems with Adrien Broner, winning by unanimous decision. Thurman fought a week after that against Josesito Lopez who managed to cause some troubles for Thurman but still lost by unanimous decision.