Filipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao shrugged off undefeated WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman's promise "to end his legacy" and send him into retirement after their title fight on July 20.
"I heard that many times from my opponents that they are going to send me to retirement, but it's not happening, it will not happen because my time has not yet come," Pacquiao told reporters at a promotional event in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) has repeatedly threatened to retire the 40-year-old, who is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing.
"We all love him, we respect him and I am respectfully going to kick the shit out of him," stated Thurman.
For his part, Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) said he would relish the challenge to prove he was 29 again.
The welterweight title consolidation fight will take place on July 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.