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Thurman \”to retire\” Pacquiao remarks may spell doom for American fighter

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posted June 18, 2019 at 06:28 pm

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Manny Pacquiao isn’t one for trash talking.
In fact, most of his career, he isn’t one to talk smack. And in most cases, his opponents try to get under his skin in any verbal jab they can, the last one being loud-mouthed Adrien Broner.

But time and again, this tactic doesn’t faze the only eight-time world champion in eight different weight classes. In short he isn’t a talker, he’d rather let his boxing do the talking for him inside the squared circle. But Keith Thurman, who called out the Pacman after his January bout this year against Josesito Lopez, might have just “pissed off” the future Hall of Famer Pacquiao.

Talking to Bad Let Hook, strength & conditioning coach Justin Fortune gave some insider info on Pacquiao’s reaction to the comment of the 30-year-old Thurman that he’ll be the one to “retire Pacquiao.”

And the fighting Senator from the Philippines might use this as fuel to do one over Thurman, give him his first professional loss and take his welterweight belt in the process.

“Yeah, he said some pretty silly stuff. I don’t know why but it is what it is. Yeah, he pissed off Pacquiao,” said Fortune.

“We like it though because he pissed off Manny, it’s better for us. I haven’t seen him this upset for a long time. So he’s not happy, he really wants to knock Thurman out,” Fortune added who was with legendary coach Freddie Roach to foresee the six-week training camp of Pacquiao which continued in Los Angeles after his training in Manila.

“(Thurman) said it a couple of times…Great, that’s great for us. That’s what you want, ‘cause that sort of Pacquiao is the Pacquiao of old.”

Back in May, when both fighters met at a press conference in New York, Thurman, brass as he is, said some BIG things, including forcing Pacquiao into hanging up his gloves for good when their fight ends.
\”I\’m gonna make a big statement. You are not gonna want to miss this fight, especially because it\’s about to be this man\’s last fight,\” Thurman said with Pacquiao seating just a couple of meters in the same room during the media presentation.
Fortune also said that the conditioning of Pacquiao is looking good heading into the July 20 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against the younger Thurman. Though a bit jet-lagged, Pacquiao was still able to get some training in after three weeks or so of light training in the Philippines.

For now, what Thurman might expect as a repercussion of his words is a more aggressive Pacquiao. And the strength and conditioning coach expects the American fighter to back pedal if he gets a taste of that famous punching speed and power from the Pacman.
“Yeah. They all do. They all do. Listen, Thurman can’t stay in the pocket with Manny — he’s too fast, he’s too strong. So logically, or fight-wise, if he wants to win this fight, he has to try to box him. We plan for both,” he said.
Could Thurman\’s claim to retire Pacquiao be the very reason for his demise on July 20? The again, you would not want to piss off somebody like Manny Pacquiao.

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Fil-Brit Tiktoker Salt Papi puts the world on notice in latest boxing win

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Fil-Brit Tiktoker Salt Papi puts the world on notice in latest boxing win

A new Pinoy boxer rising? This might be the case if we’re talking about the social media influencers-turned-boxers.

Tiktoker Salt Papi was the talk of the town after his vicious knockout against Youtube sensation Josh Brueckner, a taller, bigger guy.

The Filipino-British boxer landed a perfect right hand right to the face of Brueckner in just the first round.

They served as an undercard of KSI vs. Faze Temperr.

Pro boxer and rising star Ryan Garcia was impressed by Salt Papi’s victory convincing him that the latter should next face Jake Paul.

They are both undefeated in boxing and all of their wins are via knockout.

After the victory, Salt Papi posted a video clip on his Instagram showing a comparison of his knockout to Manny Pacquiao’s iconic KO hit to Ricky Hatton.

The post received lots of comments including boxing’s only eight-division world champion himself.

Pacquiao wrote on the comment “Pwede Na” in which Salt Papi replied with a “salamat po.”

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Jon Jones takes on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight championship

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Jon Jones takes on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight championship

In a shocking announcement, Jon Jones confirmed that he is upping his division and will fight Ciryl Gane for the UFC heavyweight world title.

The development was leaked after T-Mobile Arena displayed an ad about the fight that was later on confirmed by the former pound-for-pound UFC fighter.

“Day one of four, just a few weeks out from my first heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane,” said Jones.

The mega-bout is expected to take place on UFC 285. Jones has been out of the Octagon for almost three years now.

“Absolutely, I’d love to have Henry [Cejudo] coaching me for this Ciryl Gane fight. Hopefully our schedules can align and we can get on the same page,”  said Jones.

“Bones” Jones at the age of 35 has a record of 26 wins, one loss, zero draw, and one no contest.

While Gane has 11 wins, one loss and zero draw.

The date of the collision has yet to be announced as of writing.

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Pacquiao signs with Rizin for more exhibition bout

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Pacquiao signs with Rizin for more exhibition bout

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is set to continue putting on the gloves as he surprisingly signed under Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation.

The MMA promotion made it known through their social media with details that the former Philippine senator will box this year against a Japanese fighter.

He recently came back to the sport with an exhibition bout against Korean YouTuber DK Yoo.

“I have agreed with Rizin to fight next year. That date will soon be announced, and also my opponent that Rizin will choose, and I’m open and excited to fight a Japanese fighter,” Pacquiao said during his signing with Rizin.

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