World Boxing Association (WBA) regular welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said there is nothing unchristian about beating WBA super welterweight titleholder Keith Thurman when they meet on July 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao (61-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 39 KOs) said in earlier interviews that he is keen on teaching the undefeated Thurman (29-0 with 22 KOs) a lesson that he will never forget in his professional boxing career.
“Wala man ito, sports lang at walang personalan (It’s nothing. This is just sports and nothing personal),” Pacquiao, 40, told The Manila Times at the Elorde gym in Pasay City.
Pacquiao previously declared that he would make the thrash-talking Thurman eat his words.
“Iba ‘yun (That’s another thing), Pacquiao said pertaining to his faith as an Evangelical Christian.
“I’m just performing my duty as boxer inside the ring,” added Pacquiao, who won via unanimous decision against another thrash-talking American boxer Adrien Broner last January 19, also in Las Vegas.
Chief trainer and coach Buboy Fernandez agrees that the upcoming fight has nothing to do with religion.
“There’s no religion involved here. Just let Thurman live up to his words. As a trainer, I will do everything to prepare Manny for the fight,” said Fernandez in Filipino.
“This will be all about boxing. I hope Thurman would not run in the early rounds,” Fernandez concluded.
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