Manny Pacquiao wants to prove ‘not all 40 year olds are finished’ by beating Keith Thurman

Manny Pacquiao trains at Wild Card Boxing in Los Angeles. Photo: AFP

Manny Pacquiao has said he’ll be doing it for all the 40 year olds when he goes to war with Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on July 20.

The Filipino boxing icon is an eight-time division world champion but will be the underdog for the first time since his 2015 fight against Floyd Mayweather when he challenges for Thurman’s WBA super welterweight belt.

Trading verbal jabs with the 30-year-old Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) in an appearance on Fox’s Inside PBC Boxing, which aired on Monday night, Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) said being the underdog gives him more motivation, however.

“Every time that I get negative [things said] against me it gives me more to focus on and work hard for,” he said. “The mindset of fans or boxing analysts, when you get to the age of 40 you become lazy or like that and your career is over.

“This is the time I want to prove not all 40-year-olds are over, their careers finished. Exercise is my favorite, besides boxing, I always exercise, I play basketball four hours a day. I keep in shape all the time.”

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach and his strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune have said “Pacman” is  getting “p***** off” at Thurman’s trash talk in the build-up to their fight.

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