Undefeated American boxer Keith Thurman has sent out a strong warning to Filipino boxing legend ahead Manny Pacquiao of their clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The two welterweights will come to blows on July 20 and Thurman is eager to write his own legacy by dropping the boxing icon to the canvas.
Thurman (29-0-0) is 10 years younger than Pacquaio (61-7-2), but the American knows better than to write off the eight division champion.
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"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to destroy a legend and create my own legacy," Thurman said on a conference call, as per AFP.
"How can I not Babe Ruth it and step up to the plate, point and start swinging. How can I not go for it? I've got an '0' and I'm not afraid to let it go.
"If Manny Pacquiao is the man that beats me, he's the man that beats me. I'm going to shake his hand after the fight and congratulate him.
"It is what it is. But when Keith Thurman steps into the ring, you're dealing with Keith Thurman. And he's a bad man," he concluded.
Bolt warns 'spoiled' male sprinters
Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has claimed that Jamaica's young sprinters lack motivation and the hunger to succeed.
While the Caribbean nation's women sprinters have continued to excel in build-up to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson jointly boasting the year's best time of 10.73 seconds in the 100m, Jamaica's male dominance has dwindled.
Bolt, 32, believes the motivation level amongst the male sprinters has declined since he ended his career two years ago.
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"I don’t think it is going to get any better because I think these youngsters are a little bit spoiled,” Bolt told Reuters in Kingston on Tuesday.
“I must say yes about that when it comes to sprinting in Jamaica right now on the male side.
“When I was around I think the motivation was there and we worked hard and the level was high, but now that I have left the sport, I feel like it has dropped.
"Not that I’m saying (it's) because I left the sport, but now that I have left, it has dropped for me and Glen Mills, who is a top coach that I look up to," he concluded.