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Nypost : Manny Pacquiao will silence his doubters but not Keith Thurman

Manny Pacquiao has made a point in recent weeks to tell us his major motivation in his fight with Keith Thurman on Saturday night in Las Vegas is to prove he’s still an elite boxer after turning 40 last December.
“People are doubting my capability at the age of 40,” Pacquiao said recently. “I have to prove something at this time.”
Father Time is undefeated, though Archie Moore, George Foreman and Bernard Hopkins took him the distance. Pacquiao, a sitting senator in the Philippines, is 61-7-2 with 39 knockouts and has been fighting professionally for 24 years. He has been in with the best of his era: Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But proving he can still fight at a championship level at age 40 is one thing. Beating Thurman is another.
Pacquiao and the 30-year-old Thurman, from Clearwater, Fla., will meet for the WBA welterweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It’s a bit confusing to figure out who is the champion and who is the challenger, considering Pacquiao technically owns the WBA’s regular welterweight belt, while Thurman has been designated a “super” champion.


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