Tip News

August 04, 2020

Riled-up Pacquiao taps 'aggressive' streak for Thurman - Tip News

Riled-up Pacquiao taps 'aggressive' streak for Thurman

Riled-up Pacquiao taps 'aggressive' streak for Thurman
'Manny Pacquiao has rediscovered his aggressive streak for next month's world title showdown with Keith Thurman, trainer Freddie Roach says' - By: AFP/File Noel CELIS

Veteran trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao has rediscovered his aggressive streak as the one-month countdown to his battle with welterweight champion Keith Thurman got under way on Thursday.

Pacquiao has entered the final phase of training for the July 20 showdown with Thurman, arriving in Los Angeles last weekend to work under long-time trainer Roach at his famed Wild Card gym.

The 40-year-old eight-division world champion has been riled by trash-talking from WBA champion Thurman ahead of the bout, with the undefeated American vowing to send Pacquiao into retirement at Las Vegas's MGM Grand next month.

Speaking to AFP at his Los Angeles home on Thursday, Pacquiao said Thurman's remarks had fuelled his training camp.

Asked for his response to Thurman's retirement jibes, Pacquiao replied: "My response to him is we'll see. He is giving me more motivation and determination to work hard and prove that it's not true.

"I'm happy that he's saying that ... It gives me inspiration to focus and do the best that I can in the ring."

Pacquiao's measured response contrasted with the assessment of his inner circle.

Former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach, said the Filipino icon was "pissed off" by Thurman's remarks.

"He's said some pretty silly stuff," Fortune said.

Roach meanwhile told AFP that Pacquiao had been "upset" by Thurman's comments.

"Manny's motivated for all his fights and this time, this guy's talking a little trash," Roach said.

"So that helps. Manny has got a bit upset. He wants to win this one a little bit more than usual."

Pacquiao has carried that sense of grievance into his training sessions. For the first time in several fights, Roach is wearing protective padding around his torso during his mitt sessions.

- 'Full blast' -

"I was really happy I brought my padding back," Roach told AFP. "Because I haven't worn that in a while. I came up with that idea because I didn't want Manny to go easy on his opponents.

"We went 10 rounds yesterday and he was really happy to see I had the padding.

"It does make a difference. I want him going full blast on the mitts."

Roach meanwhile said he believed that while Pacquiao's devout religious beliefs had eradicated his killer instinct, he had upped his aggression.

"Manny's work ethic is great," Roach said. "He works hard, and is incredibly dedicated. But he doesn't have the killer instinct that he used to have.

"I think religion took that away from us. For a while he would tell me that he just needs to beat his opponents and not knock them out. But he doesn't say that any more. He's getting more aggressive.

"He was more aggressive in his last fight than I've seen him in years. I hope that continues into this fight. Because when Manny's aggressive he's a much better fighter."

Roach, who was briefly exiled from the Filipino star's corner before returning to help him defeat Adrien Broner in January, said his differing views on religion with Pacquiao remained a bone of contention.

"That's an issue we don't see eye-to-eye on, so we try not to talk about it," he said. "Part of that I don't like is that it has nothing to do with boxing, in my opinion. In the ring, you're on your own.

"The guy who prays the most is not going to win the fight."

Short link: https://tipnews.com/u/OTg2MTA=

See also:

Related articles

England delay Stokes decision ahead of Pakistan opening Test

England delay Stokes decision ahead of Pakistan opening Test

England are set to delay a decision on the bowling fitness of star all-rounder Ben Stokes before naming their final XI to play Pakistan in the first Test at Old Trafford.Stokes' quad injury meant he was unable to bowl in England's victory over the West Indie

Rahm says No. 1 will be ruled by a committee

Rahm says No. 1 will be ruled by a committee

Jon Rahm recently got his first taste of being No. 1 in the world and now he's eager to feel what it's like to win his first major championship title. Rahm won the Memorial two weeks ago to overtake Rory McIlroy and climb atop the rankings, becoming the firs

Defending champ Koepka seeks to recapture his magic at the PGA

Defending champ Koepka seeks to recapture his magic at the PGA

When it comes to playing on the biggest stage in golf, the smart money is usually on Brooks Koepka.Koepka has a history of playing his best in the majors and after last week's performance in Memphis, he looks primed to make a run at the three-peat at the PGA

HELLO, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO RATE THIS POST Riled-up Pacquiao taps 'aggressive' streak for Thurman

Sending comment Close