Manny Pacquiao targeting January return to competition

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 22, 2019 08:00 AM
Manny Pacquiao targeting January return to competition
Manny Pacquiao reacts after defeating Keith Thurman by split decision in a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Once again, Manny Pacquiao proved that he can still compete at a championship level. 

The 40-year old Pacquiao defeated the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to become the new WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion and record his 62nd professional win. 

But it wasn't an easy. 

The 30-year old Thurman was far from outclassed, and in fact landed more punches than Pacquiao did throughout the 12-round contest. 

 Pacquiao went on to compare Thurman to a number of his previous foes including Antonio Margarito, who was also taller and managed to land punches in volume. 

As for what's next for the boxer-slash-senator, Pacquiao will be heading straight back to the Philippines in time for senatorial duties. Pacquiao is expected to join session on Monday, July 22nd. just a day after the fight. 

In terms of in-ring action, Pacquiao says he's targeting a January return, with the winner of Shawn Porter and Errol Spence Jr. being discussed as the possible next opponent in what would be a title-unification bout. 

For now, Pacquiao says he needs to head home to fulfill his duties as a lawmaker. 

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