Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman set for July 20th

Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman set for July 20th

MANILA, Philippines-Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring against undefeated champion Keith Thurman on July 20, six months after retaining his WBA (Regular) welterweight title.

Pacquiao beat American Adrien Broner in January, a win that took his record to 61-7-2 with 39 knockouts.

The 30-year old Thurman (29-0, 22 KO), a native of Clearwater, Florida, is coming off a near-two year absence with a unanimous decision win over Joselito Lopez to retain the WBA crown.

After the fight, Thurman, who owns victoires against top opponents such as Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter, said he wanted to fight Pacquiao, who happens to be his mandatory challenger because of the secondary belt he holds.

"The summer just got a little hotter", the veteran boxer said on Twitter.

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Unable to focus on his boxing duties owing to the election fever, Pacquiao should be able to provide details about his next fight with the conclusion of Monday's national elections.

Last time out, Pacquiao saw off Broner convincingly, defeating the four-division champion on points in Las Vegas.

At his advanced age, Pacquiao's career could be over in defeat.

"Maybe Brooklyn, maybe Vegas, wherever Manny Pacquiao wants it", Thurman said. "Later this year if that fight presents itself, I would definitely be open for negotiations and I would love an opportunity to fight a legend". "I do not think that will be an issue when we fight because he has already fought once this year. We are going to give the fans a great fight and an exciting night". A PBC source told ESPN the fight likely will also take place in Las Vegas on the early portion of the Pacquiao-Thurman card.

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