Keith Thurman still holds out hope of facing Floyd Mayweather despite the timing of his next fight making it near impossible that the WBA welterweight title holder could be considered for September 12.
‘One Time’ battles Luis Collazo on Saturday night in the second defense of the title belt that understudies Mayweather’s ‘super’ version and is said to be well behind Amir Khan, Andre Berto and Kell Brook in the pecking order.
Something that clearly irks Thurman about the pound for pound king, and harnesses his desire to make the fight, is the fact that ‘Money’ has taken on the mantle of the best fighter to ever grace the ring without being widely recognised by the majority of the sport.
“I just want the opportunity to showcase my skills against the man who is claiming to be TBE (The Best Ever), which I have stated before is a title you should earn after retirement,” Thurman told fighthubTV.
“You should not be able to get that title, but he branded himself with that, so that’s his choice and you can’t stop fighters from doing what they want to do.”
The 26 year-old is trying to put any thoughts of Mayweather in the background as he gears up to face hardened New Yorker Collazo in Florida this weekend and aims to make his own name in boxing whatever the future holds.
“No matter what happens I’ll have my own career. I’m 26 years old and make my own career whether that includes a Floyd Mayweather fight or not,” he stated.