Pacquiao has plenty to say while he prepares for Thurman

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Manny Pacquiao has had a whole lot more to say about boxing ever since he became a politician.

The 40-year-old Filipino senator who once understandably shied away from lengthy conversations in English is more comfortable in the language. A fighter who once kept most conversations short and mild has become much more willing to opine about his sport, his political leanings and his place in both worlds.

Before a recent workout at the Wild Card Gym, Pacquiao boldly predicted a knockout victory when he gets in the ring with unbeaten welterweight champion Keith Thurman on Saturday night in Las Vegas.