Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman set for July 20th
Santino Honasan on May 12, 2019 09:57 AM
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Eight-division world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao of the Philippines will be returning to the ring later this year.
Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KO) will be taking on undefeated reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Keith "One Time" Thurman in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 20th and will be aired on FOX PPV.
The bout was initially announced by boxing insider Mike Coppinger and was later confirmed by Pacquiao himself
SOURCES: The welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman has been finalized for July 20 in Las Vegas on FOX PPV and will be formally announced tonight on the broadcast of Jarrett Hurd-Julian Williams— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) May 11, 2019
The summer just got a little hotter! pic.twitter.com/SxcZsEauNq— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) May 12, 2019
The 40-year old boxer-slash-senator is coming off a successful title defense against Adrien Broner back in January, his first defense of the WBA's secondary world title, which he captured with a TKO win over Lucas Matthysse back in 2018.
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.
Thurman owns wins over the likes of Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Robert Guerrero.