Boxing: 'Kinakabahan,' says Pacquiao on Thurman's trash talk

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2019 11:39 AM | Updated as of Jul 18 2019 11:55 AM

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao smiles as he listens during a news conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller, Getty Images/AFP

Manny Pacquiao refused to take the bait despite the constant verbal jabs thrown at him by Keith Thurman in the lead-up to their welterweight bout on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila).

Thurman has vowed to go for the knockout against Pacquiao, and expressed his intent to retire the Filipino boxing icon. 

"Saturday night is gonna be one hell of a night, and you know, I've been saying it over and over again, but don't be surprised if Manny Pacquiao goes night-night," Thurman said during their final press conference on Wednesday night.

Pacquiao, however, was unmoved by Thurman's words.

"Bayaan na natin," he said when asked, once again, for his thoughts on Thurman's trash talk. "Bayaan na natin 'yun."

"Baka kinakabahan," he also said of Thurman in an interview with Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News.

Rather than dwelling on Thurman's words, Pacquiao instead stressed his readiness for their upcoming battle. It will be his 71st professional boxing match, and his second bout this year after outpointing Adrien Broner back in January.

"What I can see in my training camp, we did a lot, we did our best in training. I believe we are ready, 100% condition, physically, mentally, and most of all, spiritually," said Pacquiao.

"And I'm sure my opponent worked hard, trained hard for Saturday, so I am expecting a good fight," he added.

Pacquiao is anticipating that Thurman will back up his brash words once the bell rings on fight night.

"Like he said, toe to toe on Saturday would be good. I mean, it's been a while that I got an experience like that," said the "Pacman."

"So this is gonna be exciting, the way he talked to you guys today. I hope that he will do it on Saturday," he added.

Thurman is coming off a decision win over Josesito Lopez in January, in what was his first fight in nearly two years. The American has record of 29 wins with one no contest, with 22 wins coming by knockout. 

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