Manny Pacquaio believes he still has "another year or two" left in the tank as he continues fighting beyond his 40th birthday.
The Filipino legend will take on Keith Thurman in his 71st professional bout in Las Vegas this Saturday (July 20) as he bids to win the WBA (Super) welterweight title.
The iconic figure will be headlining the famous MGM Grand for an unprecedented 15th time as he continues to be at the top of the sport for a remarkable period of time.
But Pacquiao has outlined how long he expects to be able to compete – declaring he sees himself fighting until he is at least 42.
“As long as I feel good and stay healthy I can see myself fighting for another year or two. I am 40 but I still feel like I am 25,” Pacquiao told World Boxing News .
“I respect Keith Thurman. This has been the best training camp I have had in a long time. I trained very hard because fighting Keith Thurman demands it.
“Keith Thurman has said he wants to knock me out and retire me. If he does fight that way I am ready and it will be a great night for the fans.”
Pacquiao is favourite to beat the unbeaten Thurman, who returned from a lengthy lay-off due to injury and was below-par in his last bout.
But Thurman is looking to end Pacquiao's career with a devastating loss and declared he could make the legend "disappear" at the weekend.
“I’m very grateful, very happy to be sharing the ring with a legend like Manny Pacquiao,” Thurman said.
“But for those who know boxing and truly understand boxing history times change. I believe boxing has come to a new era. Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] is gone. Pacquiao is here. Come July 20 he will disappear.
“I have no intention of losing to Manny Pacquiao. I don’t see him winning any way, shape or form.
“You know that was not the best Keith Thurman that you’ve ever seen (against Lopez). Come July 20 you will see one of the best Keith Thurmans that you’ve ever seen.
“I worked hard to be a champion. I’ve always wanted to fight some of the greatest names in the sport of boxing. It’s my first pay-per-view. New territory for me. Not new territory for Manny Pacquiao.”
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