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Manny Pacquiao outlines three things he has focused on ahead of Keith Thurman clash

Manny Pacquiao is looking to play to his strengths against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas next weekend

Manny Pacquiao says he has been taken back to his younger days in training for his clash with Keith Thurman.

The 40-year-old will battle with the unbeaten Thurman for the WBA (Super) welterweight title in his 71st professional fight in Las Vegas next Saturday (July 20).

Pacquiao is expected to have the edge in terms of speed against the big-hitting Thurman despite his advancing years.

And he says he has focused on highlighting his speed in his training ahead of the bout – as well as working on head movement and footwork to get the better of Thurman.

Pacquiao explained to Forbes : “We focused on footwork, speed, like when we were young, in the early days, they showed it to me, my speed, my head movement, footwork.

“I’m very happy, but it’s all about training and I think we’re very satisfied.”

Pacquiao also pinpointed his preparations for Thurman as similar to those ahead of his fights with Ricky Hatton, Antonio Margarito and Jessie Vargas.

Those fights all ended in wins for Pacquiao, two by unanimous decision and his Hatton triumph via a brutal second round knockout.

“I am reminded you know, of previous fights. Like other fighters, the Hatton fight, Vargas fight and Margarito fight,” he declared.

“We have a strategy of counter punches because the way he throw punches is wide, wide punches is good for me to counter.”

A money-spinning clash with Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia could await Pacquaio later this year.

Khan cruised to victory over Billy Dib in Jeddah on Friday night and instantly declared his desire to bring the Filipino fighter to the Middle East.

Khan said: “We want the Manny Pacquiao fight. Let’s hope he comes to Saudi Arabia.

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