Thurman: I’m the new Pacquiao

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Thurman says even with two years lost to injury, he still has the best resume at 147.

With WBA ‘super’ champion Keith Thurman set to put his title on the line against Manny Pacquiao on July 20, the titleholder brushes off some of the criticism over his last performance against Josesito Lopez, telling RingTV that he’s still the man in the welterweight division.

“It doesn’t matter who it is. When Keith Thurman fought Shawn Porter, it was nominated fight of the year. When Keith Thurman fought Danny Garcia, the fans had a tremendous show. Keith Thurman fights Manny Pacquiao, or Keith Thurman fights Errol Spence, or Keith Thurman fights Bud Crawford, I think Keith Thurman is the new Manny Pacquiao.

“I think I’m the most exciting fighter in the welterweight division today. Not only did the (Lopez fight) might show some weakness and might give them a little bit of confidence, but outside of that, like (Leonard) Ellerbe mentioned, Keith Thurman has the best resume at 147. Two years out of the game and I still have the best resume at 147.”

Thurman at least has an argument here — as far as resume goes — considering he holds wins over Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia, though I doubt anyone would put his resume over someone like Pacquiao at this point. But there’s no doubt that Thurman isn’t even Pacquiao’s league when it comes to being a mainstream attraction.

Despite that, Thurman still circles back to the rough stretch he went through with Lopez his last time out, saying while some will be critical that he got himself hurt in a tune-up fight, he thinks he actually proved his quality by showing that he could survive the moment to fight his way back.

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