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Bob Arum tips Keith Thurman to defeat Manny Pacquiao on July 20

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Top Rank boss Bob Arum has aired his views on the upcoming Keith Thurman versus Manny Pacquiao bout.

Pacquiao 61-7-2 (39) will challenge WBA welterweight champion Thurman 29-0 (22) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 20.

The popular Filipino southpaw was the prized star of the Top Rank stable for a dozen years after signing with Arum’s company while still a super featherweight in 2006.

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During his tenure with Top Rank, Pacquiao would win versions of world titles right up to junior middleweight.

But Arum has revealed he doesn’t give Pacquiao much of a chance to beat the 30-year-old Thurman.

“Manny Pacquiao is 40-years-old, and when you get to that age, you’re not the same fighter as you were 30-years-old, early 30s or mid-30s,” Arum said to J Calderon Boxing Talk.

“Pacquiao, he fought so many fights for us [Top Rank Boxing]; he’s always been a gutty guy, but he’s not the biggest guy in the world.

“I think Thurman is going to benefit from the fight that he had [against Josesito Lopez on January 26]. He was off two years. He didn’t look too good with Lopez, but I think he’s much better than that. If Thurman fights the way he had been, then I don’t think Pacquiao will have much of a chance.

“We don’t know if Thurman can ever recapture what he had before the two-year layoff.”

Arum was also asked if he thought the mooted welterweight bout between Mikey Garcia and Danny Garcia was worthy of pay-per-view.

“It’s an interesting fight, but it certainly isn’t,” he said. “Mikey Garcia is not a welterweight. Well, maybe [Errol] Spence is so much better, but Mikey Garcia is an excellent fighter. I really don’t think he should go passed 140. Remember, he started out as a featherweight.”

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