LAS VEGAS: Keith Thurman warned Tuesday he is targeting the destruction of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao while the two welterweights face off in Las Vegas later this month.

The undefeated Thurman puts his world Boxing association welterweight crown on the line towards the forty-12 months-antique Pacquiao on July 20 at the MGM Grand.

Thurman, 30, has relentlessly fanned the flames for the contest by declaring he plans to send Pacquiao into retirement

On Tuesday, Thurman took a extra respectful tone against Pacquaio, the eight-department global champion who remains one of boxing’s largest draws as he prepares for the 71st combat of a two-decade expert profession.

Thurman stated he plans to take an aggressive method into the fight as he chases an emphatic victory.”that is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ruin a legend and create my own legacy,”

Thurman said on a conference call.”How am i able to no longer Babe Ruth it and step as much as the plate, factor and begin swinging. How can i not cross for it? I’ve got an ‘0’ and that i’m no longer afraid to allow it cross.

“If Manny Pacquiao is the person that beats me, he’s the person that beats me. I’m going to shake his hand after the fight and congratulate him.”it is what it's far.

but whilst Keith Thurman steps into the hoop, you’re handling Keith Thurman. And he’s a terrible guy.”Thurman sees the combat as his danger to claim victory over one of the greats of boxing in Pacquiao (sixty one-7 with drawn and 39 knockouts).

“Manny Pacquiao towards the end of his career, all those fights, and his file — it’s as though I’m combating Sugar Ray Robinson himself. It’s as if I’m fighting Roberto Duran,” he stated.”that is Manny Pacquiao. It’s a super feeling and it’s going to experience even extra when my hand is raised on the quit of the night.”

Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), who remaining fought in January when he become made to work hard for a majority choice win over Josesito Lopez, said Pacquiao’s victory over Adrien Broner, also in January, had stimulated him.”He wants to prove his greatness. He’s nevertheless attaining for greatness on the age of forty and it’s admirable,” Thurman said.

“i was impressed with the aid of his performance towards Adrien Broner. It changed into inspiring. After watching him, I were given out into the streets and ran at one in the morning. Due to the fact I just watched a forty-12 months-antique man beat a far younger man. Manny has done a lot, however he wants to do more,” Thurman said.

“I need to do greater too, and on the 20th I need to expose you greater.”