Thurman asks Pacquiao if he really named his dog Thurman?
By Chris Williams: Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman came up to Manny Pacquiao during Sunday’s kickoff press conference to ask him he still has a dog named ‘Thurman’ from their fight two years ago in 2019.
Pacquiao started laughing when Thurman asked him about the dog while he was being interviewed. ‘One Time’ Thurman wound up losing a 12 round split decision to Pacquiao (62-7-2, 29 KOs) in July 2019. Thurman has been trying to talk Pacquiao into a rematch ever since, but he’s had no luck.
Manny’s kickoff press conference took place today for his title challenge against IBF/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr 27-0, 21 KOs) on August 21st. Thurman is picking Spence to win.
Thurman asks Manny about his dog
“Manny, I still need to know. Do you still have a dog named?” said Thurman to Team Pacquiao when asked Manny if he still has a dog named after him from his last fight.
“My doctor has a dog. I go to her office every week, and the dog is named ‘Manny.‘ Her ex-husband is Filipino, so they named the dog ‘Manny.’ They got divorced, so she stuck with Manny. I see little Manny all the time,” said Thurman.
Spence says he could use his size to beat Pacquiao
“It’ll be as important as much as I make it,” said Spence to Fighthype when asked if his size will be important against Pacquiao.
“If I use my range and my distance, it’ll be important as much as he comes in and he tries to fight. For me, I just got to negate what he tries to do,” said Spence.
Errol can run away with this fight
It won’t be much of a fight if Spence uses his size on Manny and dominates him as he did with little 5’5 1/2″ Mikey Garcia. Spence toyed with little Mikey, picking him off with jabs all night long.
Truth be told, Errol never got out of first gear, and he still made Mikey look inept. Pacquiao will have to come up with some special game plan for him to be deal with height and reach advantage in this fight.
“For me, it’s just make sure I’m focused and make sure I’m on point,” said Spence. “I just got to make sure I don’t have any lapses in there because that’s how you get caught with a big shot.
“When you’re not paying attention and you’re thinking about something else. For me, it’s just making sure I’m focused from the first to the twelfth round to make sure that I’m locked in and ready for the three minutes to fight.
“I got to dictate the pace. For me, he always fought the people in front of them. He was a guy that didn’t duck anybody.
“That’s what I respected about him. Yeah, he was an eight-division champion. He fought the best guys out there. That’s why I respect Pacquiao,” said Spence.
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