Roach not impress with Thurman, praises Pacquiao's aggression
Thurman's last fight was against the tough Josesito Lopez, where Thurman won with a majority decision after returning from a long 22-month lay off due to elbow and hand surgeries. But the win did not come easy for the undefeated Thurman as Lopez pressured the champion from the get-go and rocked Thurman many times before "One Time" shook off the rust and poised out a victory. A very vocal Roach showed his confidence that Thurman is way past of his old self. “I thought I was watching a four-round fighter,” Roach told BoxingScene.com following a Pacquiao training session this week at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club. “I mean, he was terrible. He didn’t do well at all. But if you look at each of his last three fights, he’s faded in each one. I’m not sure if it’s the biceps injury or whatever they’re crying about, but he hasn’t looked good in the three fights that I’ve seen and I do have his last seven fights on tape.” It would be the biggest fight for the 30-year-old Thurman and this fight will bring him back in the boxing spotlight, and for Pacquiao, he would be the first one to blemish the immaculate record of the WBA Super Welterweight champ and prove that he still can compete on a high level.
Pacquiao's longtime trainer and coach felt that the Filipino fighter had this one in the bag after seeing PacMan's renewed aggression as they enter the last phase of their training for the July 20 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Roach praised the never-changing work ethic of the fighting-senator, as Pacquiao showing no sign of slowing down in their training sessions. For the past weeks, the American pugilist has been very consistent on throwing verbal jabs directed to Pacquiao as he vowed to "crucify" the boxing icon and put an end to the legendary career of Pacquiao. Asked for his response to Thurman's retirement jibes, Pacquiao replied: "My response to him is we'll see. He is giving me more motivation and determination to work hard and prove that it's not true.