Keith Thurman opened up about the reasons why he is way better than the Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao in a recent interview.

The younger fighter Keith Thurman has spoken once again about how he sees the legend ahead of their highly anticipated bout in July. Thurman has stated in-depth evaluation of Pacquiao in one of his most recent interviews.

During a recent training session, Thurman was cornered by The Fight Guys and was ask about how he has been preparing for the fight. But before answering the questions about the status of his training, the undefeated champ broke down the reasons and multiple ways why he is better than Pacquiao first.

“He’s a tremendous fighter, he’s not a technician. He doesn’t have the best defense in the sport. You know, he’s known for his offense, a little bit of his angle work. But, you know, he’s not a welterweight,” Thurman pointed.

While most boxing fans are convinced that Pacquiao can really fight and defeat guys way bigger than him, Thurman managed to have an excuse and continued to disagree that Pacman is a welterweight.

According to Thurman, when Manny fought Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and some other veteran fighters who are bigger than him, they are already past their prime.

“This is the time where I’m in my prime, Manny’s not in his prime. Yet he’s fighting an undefeated welterweight champion of the world. Who’s younger, bigger, stronger,” Thurman stated.

The WBA Super World Welterweight Champion then continued with his statement and said that he believes his footwork and boxing intelligence is beyond Pacquiao’s.

“I believe that my ring IQ and my footwork is just above Manny Pacquiao,” Thurman added.

The Pacquiao vs Thurman fight is not only significant for Thurman but also very important for Pacquiao even though his already approaching the latter part of his career. In fact, a win for the legend could place him in a possible farewell fight with the winner of the upcoming Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter welterweight unification bout, Forbes noted.

Keith Thurman, 27-0 (22 KO)
Keith Thurman, 27-0 (22 KO) Getty

No matter how opinionated and loud Thurman has been ahead of his fight with Pacquiao, the younger fighter still respects everything that the legend has accomplished in the sport. But despite Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame career, it is quite evident that Thurman has no problems with confidence as the fight approaches.

Pacquiao vs. Thurman will be held on July 20 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.